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Coronavirus: Vaccination

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 146994, tabled on 1 February 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what safeguards he has put in place to ensure that people do not receive doses of the covid-19 vaccine from different manufacturers.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

26 March 2021

Every effort should be made to determine which vaccine the individual received and to complete with the same vaccine. A number of processes are in place to ensure that knowledge of the first vaccine can be ascertained. This includes the card given to the patient at the time of vaccination, the capture of type of vaccine on the National Immunisation Management Service and the fact that this information is transferred to the patient’s medical record held by their general practitioner.

If the course is interrupted or delayed, it should be resumed using the same vaccine, but the first dose should not be repeated. There is no evidence on the interchangeability of the COVID-19 vaccines although studies are underway.

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