You can download the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Centres: Operating Framework here.
The above NHS Vaccination centre operating framework document recommends that the following advice should be considered when setting up the COVID Vaccination sites:
- Use clear signage to direct patients to the appropriate site/space on arrival.
- Ensure alcohol gel/handwashing facilities are readily available for patients and staff, including at site entrances.
- Where possible, configure sites to support linear patient flows and have separate entrances and exits. This will be particularly helpful for enabling higher flow rates.
- De-clutter communal spaces and clinical rooms.
- Communal areas should allow for physical distancing between patients; consider the use of floor markings, seating arrangements, signage and queue marshalling to support this. This should apply for patients at all stages of the operating model.
- Ensure rooms or suitably private spaces are available to complete consent/capability and clinical assessments and vaccine delivery to enable patient confidentiality and privacy.
- Ensure there is sufficient fridge capacity for vaccines, that the area is secure and there is an area suitable for vaccine preparation.
- Ensure there is sufficient secure storage space for the vaccine consumables and waste generated by the vaccination centre.
- Consider measures such as asking patients to wait in private vehicles or designated external waiting areas, where possible, to reduce numbers in communal spaces during busy periods.
- Ensure staff wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and pay attention to social distancing with each other.