Public Health England has issued new guidance which states that Community pharmacy teams administering vaccinations this year do not need to use single use personal protective equipment (PPE).
The guidance, published last week (Friday 21 August), said that using single-use PPE items including gloves and aprons for each encounter is ‘not necessary’ and instead ‘staff administering vaccinations must apply hand hygiene between patients and wear a sessional Type IIR mask’.
Gloves and aprons are only recommended for use when there is an anticipated exposure to bodily fluids or broken skin, the guidance states
Guidance on administering vaccinations published earlier in the Covid-19 pandemic said that gloves and aprons should be changed after each patient, while masks, visors and eye masks could be worn for an entire session.
PSNC have summarised the the new guidance on their website. This can be accessed by clicking here.