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

Understand vaccination and why it is crucial for protecting the health of people living and working in prisons.

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

  • 2 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Accreditation available

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  • Introductory level

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Increase your knowledge about vaccination

This two-week course will help you gain an understanding of vaccines and why they can help protect the health of those living or working in prisons and those around them.

The content of this course is the same as for vaccine-trained staff, but has additional information for you to refer to.

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

Delve into vaccination in prison

You’ll learn why infectious diseases are particularly important in the prison context and 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 explore effective communication in relation to vaccines so that you can have quality conversations about vaccination with people living in prison and your friends and family. You’ll understand how to address common perceptions of people living in prison towards vaccination and learn 10 key facts about vaccination.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge about vaccination in prison that you need to help you make informed decisions about vaccination and the skills to communicate about vaccination effectively to others.


  • 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.

    • Background Vaccination Information

      This module will enable you to refresh or catch-up of a few key vaccine facts and processes.

    • 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 survey 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 have not received training 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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