Core Knowledge for COVID-19 Vaccinators

Offered By

NHS Health Education England

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30 minutes
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Course Information

Target Audience
Course Structure

Why should I take this course?

This micro skills course from NHS Health Education England This session provides information about the COVID-19 national vaccination programme which was introduced in the UK in December 2020 to prevent further cases of, and deaths from, novel Coronavirus. It is designed to provide healthcare practitioners involved in delivering the national COVID-19 vaccination programme with the knowledge they need to safely and effectively deliver the programme and to promote high uptake of the vaccine. It will cover the core knowledge areas including vaccine eligibility and legal aspects. After completing this session and the accompanying knowledge assessment session, those with a role in delivering or advising on the COVID-19 vaccines should complete the vaccine specific sessions. The information presented in this core session was correct at the time of publication. As COVID-19 is an evolving disease, the knowledge base is still being developed and some of the information may change. Updates are made to this programme as new information becomes available.

Are the programs accredited for continuous professional development (CPD) or continuing medical education (CME)?

Our courses have been developed and are delivered by Talisium's global network of content providers including universities and various professional bodies whose work underpins CPD for healthcare professionals.
Certificates of completion will be available and can be downloaded once a course has been completed. These can be used as evidence of learning for training and CPD purposes. You will need to check with your governing body about CPD standards and requirements.
Unless otherwise stated, certificates issued through Talisium are not qualifications of any formal assessment.

Do I need any prior qualifications or experience?

Our courses and programs have been designed to meet the needs of a broad range of trainees and qualified healthcare professionals. For most courses, we do not ask that you hold certain qualifications or meet certain criteria.
Some courses are aligned to specialist medical curricula so there is a certain level of medical knowledge required in these cases. On the whole, however, the courses and programs are accessible to a broad audience of learners.

Validate your learning

Each participant receives a certificate upon course completion.

What you can expect

A 30 minute eLearning course containing interactive content and activities. 

This course is ideal for

All health professionals.

Here is what you will cover in
this course 

Explain what COVID-19 is and be aware of the UK epidemiology

Explain the policy behind the COVID-19 vaccination programme

Describe how vaccines work and how they are developed and trialled 

Identify the groups who are at high risk for COVID-19 infection and who should be prioritised to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

Communicate key facts in response to questions from patients and direct them to additional sources of information

State your responsibilities relating to accountability and delegation

Describe the process of consent and how this applies when giving vaccines

Describe the legal mechanisms by which vaccinators can supply and administer

 COVID-19 vaccines

 Recognise the differences between a prescription, a Patient Specific Direction (PSD), a Patient Group Direction (PGD) and a Protocol and understand which staff can use each of these

Describe the key principles of how to correctly store, prepare and administer COVID-19 vaccines