East of England Immunisation Team

Since 1 April 2013, national screening and immunisation programmes have been the responsibility of Screening and Immunisation Teams (SITs) comprised of NHS England employed professionals.

These webpages are primarily directed at health care professionals delivering the services that we commission. If you are a member of the public seeking information about NHS screening or immunisation programmes please go to the NHS website or speak to your GP, practice nurse or other health care professional.

Patient Group Directions (PGDs)

Patient Group Directions (PGD) for the supply and administration of vaccinations as part of the national immunisation schedule.

The legal definition of a PGD is “a written instruction for the supply and/or administration of a licensed medicine (or medicines) in an identified clinical situation, signed by a doctor or dentist and a pharmacist”. It applies to groups of patients who may not be individually identified before presenting for treatment.

NHS England/UKHSA has produced a suite of PGDs for Practices that have been commissioned by NHS England to deliver immunisations as set out in the Section 7a agreement.

The PGDs cover the authorisation of staff, documentation, audit requirements and general guidance on best practice required to safely administer vaccines.

Please note: This page is not routinely reviewed and it is the clinician’s responsibility to ensure that the PGDs they are using are up to date. If a PGD has expired and it has not been updated, these immunisations should be administered under a Patient Specific Direction (PSD) instead.

The following PGDs are for use by Practice Nurses in the East of England only.

The team provide immunisation support to health professionals. They can be contacted via the following email addresses:

  • For East Anglia: England.eaimms@nhs.net
  • For Essex: England.essexatimms@nhs.net
  • For Herts and BLMK (Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes): England.immsqa@nhs.net

PGD List and Expiry dates

8 weeks

12 weeks

16 weeks

One year

2 – 15 years (including children in school years 1-11)

  • LAIV v10.00 Sept 2021 – Expired 31/03/2022

3 years and 4 months

12-13 years (girls and boys from September 2019)

14 years

65 and over

 70 years

Vaccines for special groups

Additional vaccines for special groups include:

Travel Vaccines

Useful links