PGDs required for nurses to give jabs, NMC warns

All nurses administering vaccinations should be doing so under a valid patient-group direction (PGD) and failure to do so could endanger their registration, the NMC has stressed.

All nurses should follow the NMC standards and have a PGD when supplying or administering medicines
All nurses should follow the NMC standards and have a PGD when supplying or administering medicines

Earlier this month, Londonwide LMCs said that PGDs were not required in order to permit experienced GP nurses to be able to vaccinate.

However, the NMC said this week that this claim by Londonwide LMCs was inaccurate and that all nurses and midwives should follow the NMC standards when supplying or administering medicines.

‘We require all nurses and midwives including GP employed nurses to supply or administer vaccinations against a valid PGD or patient-specific direction, unless they are operating under one of the few exemptions such as an occupational health nurse,' the NMC said in a statement.

It added: ‘Failure to comply with this standard may bring a nurse's fitness to practise into question and endanger a nurse's registration.'

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