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The government considers that there is a clear case for Public Health England (PHE) and the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland (PHA) to be able to authorise Patient Group Directions (PGDs). They will then be able to issue/administer specified vaccines and medicines to pre-defined groups of patients without them having to see a doctor or dentist.
This will ensure that in the event of an incident or outbreak of infectious disease PHE and PHA staff can supply/administer vaccines and medicines.
The changes to the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 will strengthen the response to outbreaks of infectious disease and other incidents by extending the use of Patient Group Directions to staff employed by Public Health England (PHE).