Since 1 April 2013, national screening and immunisation programmes have been the responsibility of Screening and Immunisation Teams (SITs) comprised of Public Health England (PHE) and 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.
Our main aim is to use this website to make information more easily accessible to primary care professionals who provide immunisation services, and to publish locally produced materials (eg PGDs) in support of this.
The following Patient Group Directions (PGDs) are for use by Practice Nurses in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes only.
Patient Group Directions provide a legal framework that allows some registered health professionals to supply and/or administer specified medicines to a pre-defined group of patients, without them having to see a prescriber (such as a doctor or nurse prescriber). Supplying and/or administering medicines under PGDs should be reserved for situations in which this offers an advantage for patient care, without compromising patient safety.
Patient Group Directions (PGDs)
- DTAP’IPV’’Hib’HepB PGD (for babies born on or after 1 Aug 2017)
- Men C vaccine (DISCONTINUED from July 1 2016)
- Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine
- Rotavirus vaccine, second dose
- Hib/Men C vaccine, given as a single jab containing meningitis C (first dose) and Hib (fourth dose)
- Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, given as a single jab
- Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine, second dose
- Men B vaccine, third dose
2 – 11 years (including children in school years 1-6)
3 years and 4 months
12-13 years (girls and boys from September 2019)
65 and over
70 years and 78 years as catch-up
Vaccines for special groups
Additional vaccines for special groups include:
- MenB risk groups
- Men ACWY risk groups
- Flu jab for pregnant women
- Whooping cough vaccine for pregnant women
- Flu vaccine for people with long-term health conditions
- Hepatitis B vaccination for under 16s
- Hepatitis B Renal
- BCG vaccination – (no PGD available)
- Men ACWY for first-time university entrants
- LAIV PGD
- Inactivated Influenza PGD
- PCV for at risk group
- Hib/Menc for at risk groups