Vaccine Incident Guidance: Actions to take in response to vaccine errors

Publication Date: 31 August 2013

This guidance is intended to be used by the wide range of professionals with a lead role in delivering immunisation programmes. These include amongst others: Immunisation coordinators, Consultants in Public Health, Health Protection Nurses and Pharmacists.

The aim of the guidance is to:

  • Provide a starting point from which to consider the appropriate response to vaccine incidents
  • Provide consistent advice to vaccinators when incorrectly handled vaccines have been administered to patients and minimise the consequences of those errors
  • Ensure vaccines are given correctly and have the best chance of providing protection
  • Encourage vaccinators to work in an open and supportive environment in which they feel able to report vaccine incidents without fear of recrimination

Resource information

Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Guideline and Guidance