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