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 Choices 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)
- Pediacel or Infanrix IPV + Hib– diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b
- Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine
- Rotavirus vaccine
- Men B vaccine
- Pediacel or Infanrix IPV + Hib, second dose
- Men C vaccine (DISCONTINUED from July 1 2016)
- Rotavirus vaccine, second dose
- Pediacel or Infanrix IPV + Hib, third dose
- Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine, second dose
- Men B 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, third dose
- Men B vaccine, third dose
2-6 years (including children in school years 1, 2 and 3)
3 years and 4 months
12-13 years (girls only)
65 and over
70 years (and 78 and 79 year-olds as a catchup)
Vaccines for special groups
Additional vaccines for special groups include:
- 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
- BCG vaccination – (no PGD available)
- Men ACWY for first-time university entrants
- Fridge failures and stock incidents reporting
- Immunisation against infectious disease (The Green Book)
- Immunisation – gov.uk
- Annual influenza programme
- Vaccine update
- Vaccination of individuals with uncertain or incomplete immunisation status