7 December 2020
The RCR strongly supports the UK government coronavirus vaccination programme. We encourage all Fellows and members to be vaccinated as soon as a vaccine is available for staff in your area. Please encourage your clinical teams, patients and members of the public to be vaccinated.
This is a rapidly changing field so please see the latest information about the government COVID-19 vaccination programme and other useful links such as:
- The Public Health England (PHE) guide for healthcare professionals about the vaccination programme
- The Green Book – a PHE guide to vaccines and vaccinations. A new chapter on COVID-19 contains information on the Pfizer and Oxford/AZ vaccines. This includes data on efficacy and safety.
- Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency information about the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, inlcuding the Summary of Product Characteristics and information for UK vaccine recipients.
People who are immunosuppressed, including those having anti-cancer therapies (chemotherapy, immunotherapy etc.) may not make a full antibody response to the vaccines which therefore might be less effective. They should therefore continue to follow advice to avoid exposure unless they are advised otherwise by their doctor. The Pfizer and Oxford/AZ vaccines are safe to administer to people who are immunosuppressed (see the Green Book p13)
Further information on COVID-19 vaccination
- Information for Healthcare Professionals on COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna
- UK Chemotherapy Board FAQs and guidance on COVID-19 vaccine for patients receiving systemic anti-cancer therapy (PDF)
- Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation: advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination
- AoMRC statement on COVID-19 vaccination and second doses (11 January 2021)
- RCGP update COVID vaccine arrangements (1 January 2021)
- MHRA information for healthcare professionals on Astra Zeneca vaccine (PDF)
- MHRA information for recipients on Astra Zeneca vaccine
- NHSE/I operational letter to the system on vaccine deployment (published 30 December 2020)
- JCVI guidance on prioritisation (published 30 December 2020)
- CMO statement on prioritisation of first doses (published 30 December 2020)
- Canadian Association of Radiologists statement on access to COVID-19 vaccination for medical imaging professionals (PDF) (published 16 December 16 2020)
- The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges statement on COVID-19 vaccines (published 10 December 2020)
Please note, links from the RCR website to external websites and material are provided for information only and do not constitute endorsement or approval. The RCR is not responsible for the accuracy, legality or content of any external sources referenced on this website.