On Friday 16th October 2020, the Department of Health and Social Care published a statement on 'New measures to support the roll-out of vaccines in the UK'. You can read that press release here
APTUK's response to the above press release:
Although the Governments response does not provide the much-needed legislation change to enable pharmacy technicians to administer vaccines under a PGD, it does provide the route for pharmacy technicians to vaccinate under protocols.
This is extremely welcomed by APTUK and the correct thing to do at this time, increasing the numbers of healthcare professionals able to contribute to mass vaccination programmes for patient and community benefit is critical and outweighs any longer term professional aspirations.
It is essential that work begins on developing the education and regulatory frameworks to support this. APTUK will be working with key organisations to support this for our members and the wider profession.
APTUK remains committed to ensuring that pharmacy technician profession is included in future legislation changes regarding supply and administration of medicines under a PGD.
Members may have seen several consultations launched today by the NHS England and Improvement Chief Professions Office Medicines Mechanisms Programme. APTUK has recently provided examples and a case for change to support a scoping exercise that is currently being undertaken to review whether pharmacy technicians will be considered as part of the next round of professions reviewed.
The case for change is strong and APTUK have shared case study examples to assist in this longer strategic ambition. Ensuring that pharmacy technician skills and knowledge is realised to enable better patient experiences and health outcomes is a key priority for APTUK.