PPE use during vaccinations


Last week we shared Public Health England’s updated infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance, helping primary care colleagues to assess appropriate IPC measures.

The guidance includes the following information on the use of PPE when administering vaccinations:

In some clinical outpatient settings, such as vaccination/injection clinics, where contact with individuals is minimal, the need for single use PPE items for each encounter, for example, gloves and aprons is not necessary. Gloves and aprons are recommended when there is (anticipated) exposure to blood/body fluids or non-intact skin. Staff administering vaccinations/injections must apply hand hygiene between patients and wear a sessional facemask.