Training to help the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has been accessed more than three million times, which has helped to support 49,486 more vaccinators join the booster programme efforts in the last three months.
Through the use of Health Education England’s elearning for healthcare COVID-19 vaccination programme, health and care staff have developed the knowledge to confidently promote high uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine and safely deliver the programme effectively.
Training is given for the administration of the current Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines with the training providing assessments on each vaccine as part of the course.
Health Education England has made all vaccination elearning resources free to those working in the NHS, healthcare sector, independent sector and social care and they have proved to be a valuable resource for training staff where traditional learning environments have been unavailable.
Mark Radford, Chief Nurse at Health Education England, said: “The NHS has seen an overwhelming number of people step up to become vaccinators to help deliver booster jabs across the country.
“At Health Education England we are committed to helping to train the vaccinators so they have the right skills and knowledge to be able to carry out their roles safely and effectively.
“Our elearning has played an important role in providing this training, particularly in situations where it has not been possible to carry out face-to-face training and we will continue to develop the training to meet the latest requirements.”
Dr Emily Lawson, head of the NHS Covid Vaccination Programme, said: “The NHS Covid Vaccination Programme would not have been possible without colleagues across health and social care being committed to learn, develop and put into practice new skills at speed, for the benefit of the public, and the fact that health service elearning tools have been used three million times is fantastic.”
More details about the vaccination content can be found on the elfh COVID-19 vaccination programme page.