Delivering the vaccine
After the vaccine has been produced it has to be transported and stored at the optimum conditions so it can be administered safely and effectively.
For vaccines using messenger RNA, like the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, this can mean having to maintain a cold supply chain at temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius to -70 degrees Celsius which can be challenging in countries with limited refrigeration. The Oxford/ Astrazeneca vaccine is based on a modified Chimpanzee cold virus, and so can be transported and stored at the temperature of the average fridge.
Refrigeration technicians are key to making sure this can happen, using their specialist knowledge of the necessary systems to design, install, and maintain the equipment needed.
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is the largest seen in British history, and as such an incredibly large workforce has been needed to make it happen. Pharmacy technicians have been vital in this effort as they have the right skills and expertise to help distribute, prepare and administer the vaccine.
A career as a pharmacy technician is extremely rewarding.
Ellen, Vice-President, APTUK