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Midwives and paramedics to deliver flu and Covid vaccines, proposes DHSC

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An 'expanded workforce' will be delivering flu and a potential COVID-19 vaccine, under proposals unveiled by the Government today.

The three-week consultation also focuses on a proposal of mass vaccinations against COVID-19 using a yet-to-be-licensed vaccine, if one becomes available this year.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is hoping new legislation could come into effect by October, ahead of the winter season.

The consultation proposes to amend the Human Medicine Regulations 2012 to "expand the workforce legally allowed to administer vaccines under NHS and local authority occupational health schemes, so that additional healthcare professionals in the occupational health workforce will be able to administer vaccines".

It said this would include 'midwives, nursing associates, operating department practitioners, paramedics, physiotherapists and pharmacists'.

The consultation said: "This will help ensure we have the workforce needed to deliver a mass COVID-19 vaccination programme, in addition to delivery of an upscaled influenza programme, in the autumn."

The consultation also said that "there is a possibility that both the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered at the same time, and we need to make sure that in this scenario there is sufficient workforce to allow for this". 

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Source: Pulse, 28 August 2020

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