Using the ‘8Rs’ checklist to support safe vaccination practice
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Using the ‘8Rs’ checklist to support safe vaccination practice

Michelle Falconer Nurse consultant in vaccination and immunisation, Public Health Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
Kelly Stoker Lead immunisation nurse specialist, UK Health and Security Agency, London, England
Amanda Dennis Immunisation nurse specialist, UK Health and Security Agency, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To be aware of the importance of safe vaccination practice in avoiding vaccine-related adverse events

  • To understand the principles of safe vaccination practice

  • To enable you to use the ‘8Rs’ checklist to avoid vaccine-related adverse events

Safe vaccination practice is essential to reduce the risk of vaccine-related adverse events, ensure vaccines are administered safely and maintain a high level of confidence in vaccination programmes among the general public and healthcare practitioners. This article focuses on safe vaccination practice in relation to the routine vaccination programme, as well as considering vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). It provides examples of vaccine-related adverse events and explains how using the ‘8Rs’ checklist can promote patient safety and reduce the risk of such events.

Primary Health Care. 32, 5, 19-25. doi: 10.7748/phc.2022.e1761

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Falconer M, Stoker K, Dennis A (2022) Using the ‘8Rs’ checklist to support safe vaccination practice. Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2022.e1761

Published online: 08 June 2022

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