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Vaccination

Provide information to us at NHS Digital relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) and seasonal flu vaccinations.

Overview

Point-of-care application
Point-of-care applic...
MESH
MESH
NHS Digital
NHS Digital
send vaccination data files
send vaccination dat...
receive vaccination data files
receive vaccination dat...
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Use these integrations to provide vaccination information to us at NHS Digital.

You can send us information relating to:

These integrations specify the flow of vaccination-related information from healthcare settings including:

  • 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 

These integrations use MESH to send and receive pipe-delimited (|) and not-sign-delimited (¬) files.

For more details on how to interact with end users to collect COVID-19 information safely, see the functional specifications under 'Additional guidance'.

For FHIR standards relating to the flow of information directly back to the patient's GP, see Digital Medicine - FHIR.

For FHIR standards relating to the flow of information to other care providers such as Child Health, see Vaccination Events - FHIR.


Who can use this

These integrations can only be used where there is a legal basis to do so. Make sure you have a valid use case before you go too far with your development, by contacting us.

You must do this before you can go live (see ‘Onboarding’ below). 



Status

These integrations are in production.


Service level

These integrations uses MESH which is a silver service, meaning it is operational 24 x 7 x 365 but only supported during business hours (8am to 6pm), Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays.

For more details, see service levels.


Technology

These integrations consist of delimited files you send to us over MESH.

Some are pipe-delimited (|), others are not-sign-delimited (¬) files. For details, see the individual specification.


Network access

These integrations are available on the internet and on the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN).

For more details see Network access for APIs.


Security and authorisation

These integrations use MESH which is an application-restricted API.

These integrations do not perform any end user authentication or authorisation checks. Rather, the calling system is expected to perform them. 


Environments and testing

These integrations use MESH.

As a developer, you are most likely to want to connect to MESH using either the MESH client or the MESH API.

For more details about using the MESH client, see MESH client.

For the MESH API, there are several independent, externally accessible instances of MESH you can use for testing. For full details, see MESH API - Environments and testing.


Onboarding

You must get your software onboarded before it can go live.

For more details, contact us at vaccinations.assurance@nhs.net.


Latest addenda

These are Microsoft Word files. To request a different format, contact us.

 


Interactions

These are Microsoft Word files. To request a different format, contact us.

 


Additional guidance

Use these functional specifications to understand how your system must interact with end users in order to collect information safely and assist in decision making, relating to COVID-19 vaccinations.

These are Microsoft Word files. To request a different format, contact us.

 

Last edited: 21 November 2022 2:38 pm