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Coronavirus vaccinations

We're supporting the NHS with safe and efficient use of data and technology, as the UK delivers the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme.

Overview

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, community pharmacies  and walk-in vaccination sites 

  • vaccination centres – large sites 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, DHSC, NHS Digital and other organisations across the health and care system.

The independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) uses 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

Our role at NHS Digital is to:

  • define cohorts for vaccination, based on guidance from JCVI and NHS England on which groups are priority
  • send notifications of vaccine eligibility to people based on NHS England cohorts
  • provide a national booking service that enables people to book vaccination appointments through the NHS website, and staff at vaccination sites to manage and check-in people for appointments
  • continue to link national and local booking systems 
  • 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

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Data processing arrangements for the vaccinations programme

Data processing arrangements for the vaccinations programme

Please note that existing vaccination data flows and any additional information to support immunisation processes will continue beyond the COVID-19 Control of Patient Information (COPI) arrangements that expired on 30 June 2022.

The essential processing of such data is covered through the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and Common Law Duty of Confidentiality in relation to direct care.


Last edited: 8 November 2022 8:28 am