Community Pharmacy COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Phase 3 Booster Programme

NHSE/I sent out a letter to community pharmacy teams announcing publication of the local enhanced service specification for phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme and guidance on the community pharmacy phase 3 expression of interest and site designation progress.

Service Specification

The Phase 3 service specification aims to provide contractors with interim advice from JCVI on the potential COVID-19 booster programme. The advice suggests that the COVID-19 booster vaccines should be offered in two stages from September, starting with those most at risk from serious disease and that the seasonal flu vaccine should be offered alongside the third, booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Expression of interest and site designation process

The letter also outlines the process for which contractors can express their interest in being commissioned to be a phase 3 COVID-19 vaccination enhanced site.

Community pharmacy contractors already delivering the COVID-19 vaccination service for phases 1 and 2 will also be required to express an interest in phase 3 following the same process.

There will be a number of community pharmacy site types dependant on capacity which are as follows;

Low  Medium  High
Minimum vaccination events per week (subject to vaccine supply) 100 350 1,000+

Contractors wishing to express their interest should complete the below actions.

Actions for contractors;

  • Refer to the  NHSE/I   guidance which outlines key actions and timescales and how to submit your expression of interest.
  • Express your interest by completing this form by 5pm on Wednesday 28th July 2021. Contractors should provide as much information as possible to support their submission. Any omitted information may affect the overall scoring of the EOI.

Webinar recording and FAQ’S: If you missed the webinar on Wednesday 21st July you can watch the webinar recording on demand here. You can also read the FAQ’s here.

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Further information found here.

Further information can be found here. If you have any queries about the designation process, please send them to

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Training to Deliver the Covid Vaccination

HEE E-Learning Covid-19 Vaccination Training Programme

This COVID-19 Vaccination e-learning programme is designed to provide the health and care workforce involved in the national COVID-19 vaccination programme with the knowledge they need to confidently promote high uptake of the vaccine and deliver the vaccine programme effectively.

All those undertaking this e-learning should complete the core knowledge session as this is designed to provide essential knowledge about COVID-19 and the key principles of immunisation needed to deliver the vaccine. The assessment sessions should be completed after each knowledge session. 

Access the training programme here.

HEE E-Learning Covid-19 Training Programme

This programme has been created by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, and includes key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to Coronavirus.

The programme is freely available to colleagues working in the NHS, independent sector and social care. There are resources available for individual roles.

Content now available in the COVID-19 programme includes:

  • Essential Guidance from the NHS, UK Government, WHO and BMJ
  • Public Health England – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Resources for Staff Working in Critical Care Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in Acute Hospital Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in Primary Care and Community Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in a Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Setting
  • Resources for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs Returning to work, being Redeployed or Up-Skilled
  • Resources for other Healthcare Staff Returning to Work
  • Resources for End of Life Care COVID-19
  • Resources for Specific Professions
  • Resources for Volunteers supporting Health and Social Care
  • Critical Care and Ward-Based Equipment Guides
  • Staff Wellbeing and Resilience during COVID-19

Access the programme here.

Safeguarding Awareness Training for Those Entering People’s Homes During Covid-19

‘It’s Your Call’ is a free online training course developed by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) for workers who are in a well-placed position to spot emerging safeguarding concerns through entering people’s homes. This may include delivery drivers or members of primary care teams.

The risks to children may have intensified during the pandemic because of an increase in stress among parents or caregivers, increase in vulnerability to certain types of abuse, and a reduction in normal protective services.

The training will provide participants with the tools needed to help identify those at risk who may be hidden due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Access the training here.

Individuals can get in touch with the NSPCC by calling 0808 800 5000 between 8am-10pm (Monday-Friday), and from 9am-6pm on weekends.