Training sessions and suitability

The training may be suitable for anyone involved in supporting the roll-out when studied alongside the free essential online training highlighted in our flowchart. It is primarily aimed at refreshing the knowledge and confidence of those who are already trained in administering vaccines, and has been designed with  government recommendations in mind. After completing the practical session, all vaccinators must complete the COVID-19 vaccinator competency tool, made available by Public Health England (PHE).

In all cases, vaccinators who have not had experience in delivering vaccines in the last 12 months and those new to vaccination delivery, must undergo a period of supervised practice with a fully trained and competent vaccinator, before independently vaccinating patients.

Top Up Practical Training for COVID-19 Vaccinators – Training sessions

One hour Top up COVID-19 practical vaccination session

This one hour virtual training session is suitable for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other healthcare professionals who have completed FULL vaccination training (this includes both practical face-to-face (F2F) AND online modules) since 1st March 2017 and have been administering vaccines in the last 12 months. It is also suitable for vaccination support workers who have completed all other elements of training.

Alongside this one hour virtual session, vaccinators must complete all mandatory training stipulated by PHE*. This includes the free e-Learning for Healthcare offered by e-LfH – see button to the right of this page.

This virtual session will cover:

  • Training on reconstituting/drawing up the COVID-19 vaccine: trainer will talk through the process, there will be practical demonstrations using expert videos. There will also be time for questions / discussions
  • Next steps (i.e. competency assessment, infection control standards/methods)
  • FAQs

On completion attendees will be emailed a certificate that confirms what the session has covered.

Sessions will take place on Sundays – available dates are shown on the CBT website.

Member price £24.00 +VAT                     Non-member price £29.50 +VAT

2.5 hours Top up COVID-19 practical vaccination session

This 2.5 hours virtual training session is suitable for vaccinators involved in the roll-out  of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Alongside this 2.5 hours virtual session, vaccinators must complete the free online training offered by e-LfH  (see our flowchart), as well as all other training recommendations stipulated by PHE*, before proceeding to vaccinate.

This virtual session will cover:

  • Training on reconstituting/drawing up the COVID-19 vaccine: trainers will talk through the process, there will be practical demonstrations using expert videos. There will also be plenty of time for questions/discussions
  • IM injection technique including location of deltoid muscle
  • Safe disposal of sharps
  • Recognition and management of anaphylaxis in a community vaccination setting
  • Basic life support (adults and paediatrics)
  • Next steps (i.e. competency assessment, infection control standards/methods)
  • FAQs

N.B. This session covers the IM injection route only to address COVID-19 vaccine delivery.

You may wish to purchase an injection pad to enhance the training either before or after the session. They are inexpensive and available from Amazon.

On completion attendees will be emailed a certificate that confirms what the session has covered.

Sessions will take place on Thursday evenings and Sundays – available dates are on the CBT website.

Member price £39.00 +VAT                                     Non-member price £49.50 +VAT

* all recommendations have been taken from Public Health England; guidance may differ for devolved nations so please check accordingly.