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Prison Health: Vaccinations for People Working and Living in Prisons (Vaccine Trained Staff)

Understand why vaccination is particularly important in prisons and how to communicate about vaccination effectively.

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Prison Health: Vaccinations for People Working and Living in Prisons (Vaccine Trained Staff)

  • 2 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Accreditation available

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Increase your vaccination knowledge

This two-week course will help you gain an understanding of why vaccines can help protect the health of those living or working in prisons and those around them. What’s more, you’ll develop the skills to communicate about vaccines effectively.

This course has been developed by the European Consortium RISE-Vac who works to protect the health of those in prisons by increasing vaccine literacy.

Understand the importance of vaccination in prisons

You’ll start the course with an introduction to why infectious diseases are particularly important in the prison context. You’ll also examine what the main risk factors are before and during incarceration.

Next, you’ll examine the most relevant vaccine preventable diseases for people living and working in prisons.

Improve your conversations about vaccines

Finally, you’ll learn how you can effectively communicate about vaccinations. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to have quality conversations about vaccination with people living in prison as well as your friends and family. You’ll also discover how to address common perceptions of people living in prison toward vaccination.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge about vaccination in prison that you need to provide best care in this setting.


  • Week 1

    Vaccination in Prisons

    • Welcome

      Welcome to this course on vaccinations in prison health! In this section, we will introduce you to the course aims & objectives, as well as the course structure.

    • Infection & Vaccination in Prisons

      Does living or working in a prison change your exposure to vaccine preventable disease? How and why? Find out in this module.

    • Vaccine Preventable Diseases Most Relevant for People Living and Working in Prisons

      In this part of the course, we will explore which vaccine preventable diseases are most relevant in the prison environment.

  • Week 2

    Effective Vaccine Communication

    • Welcome

      Welcome to week 2 of the course! In this week, we will learn about important communication methods to employ when talking to people about vaccines.

    • How to Communicate on Vaccines Effectively

      This activity will take you through how best to communicate on vaccines though different tips.

    • Common Vaccine Perceptions & How to Address Them

      This section will explore common perceptions or opinions which could arise in conversations around vaccines, and will signpost effective strategies to navigate these.

    • Additional Resources, Survey & Feedback

      This steps includes the final quiz and an opportunity to give us your feedback on the course and what you thought about it.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

This course has been certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Develop understanding of vaccine preventable diseases which are most common in prisons
  • Apply examples to real-life conversations with people living in prison to hold conversations on vaccinations
  • Explore why the prison context can make people working and living in prison more vulnerable to infectious diseases, and how vaccines can help mitigate this risk
  • Engage in discussions and conversations on vaccines confidently
  • Identify common attitude roots relating to vaccination and address these appropriately

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for staff working in prisons who already have prior knowledge about vaccination.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

UK Health Security Agency

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is responsible for planning, preventing and responding to external health threats by providing intellectual, scientific and operational leadership at national and local level, as well as on the global stage. UKHSA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care.

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