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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-34440
Asked by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 11 January 2021


To ask the Scottish Government what training is required for current medical staff to administer the COVID-19 vaccines.

Current status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 25 February 2021


Our approach to Covid-19 vaccination training builds on the well-established National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training and is a person-centred approach.

For individuals who are experienced active vaccinators, training need only cover the specific characteristics of Covid-19 vaccinations. This is likely to take up to 3.5 hours followed by the completion of a short assessment involving a supervisor. Where an individual is returning to vaccinations after being inactive for a period of time, their training requirements will be informed by a short self-assessment. The appropriate training resources can then be accessed according to their individual training needs. Individuals with no experience as vaccinators will be required to undertake core vaccination training and will require clinical supervision when administering vaccine until confident and competent.