The NHS is delivering the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme.
This includes making sure the right data and technology solutions are in place for vaccinations to be delivered safely and efficiently.
The NHS is delivering the vaccine in 3 main ways:
hospital hubs - NHS providers vaccinating on site
local vaccine services – community or primary care led services which could include primary care facilities, retail, community facilities, temporary structures or roving teams
vaccination centres – large sites such as sports and conference venues set up for high volumes of people
The national programme
The national NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme is led by NHS England and NHS Improvement. It involves departments across government, Public Health England, NHSX, DHSC and other organisations across the health and care system.
The independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will use the best available clinical, modelling and epidemiological data to advise the government on:
which vaccine or vaccines the UK should use
the groups that should be prioritised to receive the vaccine
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) manages the licensing and approval of vaccines.
Our role at NHS Digital is to:
define cohorts for vaccination, based on guidance from JCVI and NHS England on which groups are priority
provide a national booking service, accessed through the NHS website
coordinate and assure third party systems to capture and manage vaccination events
provide and/or manage data flows and make sure they are shared safely and appropriately
oversee the clinical safety, quality and security of the solutions within each of the vaccination settings
How we're working
The programme is moving quickly, but we're keeping people at the heart of our work. We're working across organisational boundaries, and continually learning and adapting. Our technical solutions are both clinically safe, and flexible enough to be delivered quickly, right across the country.
We're working with NHS England to build on existing solutions, such as data flows for flu immunisation, as well as identifying the most appropriate technology for use at a local and national level.
We're designing based on user needs, which helps to reduce the burden on health and care staff and make the best use of scarce NHS resources. Where possible, we're making sure systems are integrated.