Covid-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 vaccine delivery

Covid19 immunisation

For Health Professionals
Updated 11 January 2021

The Department of Health and Social (DHSC) are leading the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccination programme for the Isle of Man.

This vaccination programme commences on Monday 4 January 2021. Starting with the following eligible groups:

  • those aged over 80,
  • residents in care homes and staff who work there
  • health and care workers.

As the rollout of this vaccination programme continues further eligible groups will invited to receive the vaccine in order of priority set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice issued on 30 December 2020 Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation: advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination, 30 December 2020 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

Receiving the vaccine may help protect you from coronavirus, but it is still important to follow hand and respiratory hygiene advice to keep each other safe.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The Department of Health and Social Care have set out an extensive list of information about the vaccine, our rollout programme and a range of related issues - follow this link for more details.

Information for Health Professionals

Normally, the Isle of Man Public Health Directorate ‘localises’ all associated guidance and information to support local the delivery of approved by Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) vaccination programmes.

Due to the rapid changes applied by PHE to the vaccine information released localised versions are becoming outdated quickly.  The Health Protection team has decided that that on this occasion we will direct health professionals to the PHE document ‘COVID-19 vaccination programme: Information for healthcare practitioners’ for reference.

This document contains information about:

  • the background of the programme
  • details of each vaccine as they become available
  • vaccine recommendations and eligibility
  • contraindications and precautions
  • vaccine administration issues

The Health Protection Team asks that you share this information urgently with your staff and with a caveat that staff follow the Isle of Man DHSC protocols as they become available. They should refer back to the original PHE COVID-19 vaccination programme Information for healthcare practitioners link  frequently just in case there are further updates or changes to the information contained therein.

Green Book Chapter – Chapter 14a

This chapter includes:

  • information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines

-   Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2

-   AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

  • the dosage and schedule for the UK
  • recommendations for the use of the vaccine

COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

MHRA and Coronavirus Yellow Card Reporting

The MHRA is working closely with DHSC and other healthcare partners on COVID-19.

They are prioritising work including:

  • supporting and authorising the development of vaccines
  • clinical trials of new medicines
  • managing the supply of medicines and healthcare products

They also provide information to patients, manufacturers and healthcare professionals through our established information channels and alert systems.

For guidance visit:

MHRA guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Report any suspected side effects of vaccines and medicines through the Yellow Card scheme.

By calling: 0800 731 6789; or

Registering and downloading the Yellow Card app; or

Online at: www.coronavirus-yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk 

See Details on the number of COVID-19 vaccinations provided by the NHS in England. Statistics » COVID-19 Vaccinations (england.nhs.uk)

Authorised vaccines and Patient Information Leaflet (PIL)

Patient Information leaflets on the approved vaccines can be found at the links below.

Vaccination Cards are supplied with each dose of vaccine. These will be given to the recipient with information about their vaccine: the date given and the date of appointment for their second dose.

Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2

Regulatory approval of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-pfizer-biontech-vaccine-for-covid-19

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Regulatory approval of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca

Registration process for health professionals

To help ensure that the Department is able to deliver a large-scale vaccination programme without significantly impacting on other vital services, we are asking for health professionals who are interested in taking part in the delivery of this vaccination programme to register by

email to lead@gov.im 

Call Learning, Education and Development  
Tel: +44 1624 685716.

Please provide:

Your name 
Email address
Contact telephone number

Those selected to participate in the vaccination programme will receive full training and appropriate supervision. Personal protective equipment (PPE) will also be made available.

COVID-19 Vaccination Training

The COVID-19 Vaccination e-Learning Programme is designed to provide the health and care workforce involved in the national COVID-19 vaccination programme with the knowledge they need to confidently promote high uptake of the vaccine and deliver the vaccine programme effectively.

Isle of Man Government Health Professionals

Should follow the training link which has been added to E-Learn Vannin

Please search for the Prospectus Section, Item 6 – COVID-19 Training

Then complete the following training modules

  • Emergency Treatment of Anaphylactic Reactions
  • Core Knowledge for COVID-19 Vaccinators
  • Core Knowledge for COVID-19 Vaccinators – Assessment
  • Immunisations for COVID-19 Vaccinators
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) and Automated External Defibrillation for COVID-19 Vaccinators
  • Aseptic Non-Touch Technique (ANTT) Training
  • COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BT162b2
  • COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 – Assessment 
  • Aseptic Non-Touch Technique (ANTT) Training for COVID Vaccinators
  • Patient Group Directions for COVID-19 Vaccinators

If you do not already have access to this training area or are experiencing problems whilst completing this training, please see https://hr.gov.im/lead/e-learn-vannin/ for more details.

If you do not have access to the Isle of Man Government E-Learn Vannin training tool, please visit E Learning for Health Care online training tool at

COVID-19 Vaccination - e-Learning for Healthcare (e-lfh.org.uk)

Also see:

COVID-19 vaccination training slide set

COVID-19: vaccinator training recommendations

COVID-19: vaccinator competency assessment tool

Patient Group Directives (PGDs)

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