New government regualtions mean that from 11 November 2021, anyone working or volunteering in a care home will need to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19), unless exempt.
New Government regulations mean that from 11 November 2021, anyone working or volunteering in a care home will need to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19), unless exempt. From the 22 July 2021 a grace period will begin to allow all care home staff to receive their vaccination. 16 September is the last date for care home workers to get their first dose so they are fully vaccinated by the time the regulations come into force on the 11 November. For more information on the regulations, visit the government website.
Regulations will come into force from 11 November requiring those deployed in care homes to be fully vaccinated unless medically exempt. This means that staff will need to have their first dose of the vaccine by 16 September, so they can receive their second dose ahead of 11 November. Interim advice from the JCVI has also recommended the introduction of boosters for COVID-19 vaccinations from September. The details of how COVID-19 boosters will be delivered will depend on further advice from the JCVI, and we will soon follow up on this when we know more on how and when the booster programme for COVID-19 will be rolled out. Flu levels are likely to be higher this season than those in 2020-2021, and so it is more important than ever to get a flu jab. Flu vaccinations will become available to social care workers early this month and we would urge everyone working in the sector to take up the offer, and the offer of a COVID-19 booster, when available.
As part of plans for winter 2021, the Government has announced booster vaccinations for the over-50s and this includes frontline health and care workers.
Social Care staff will be contacted in the coming weeks via the Doncaster Central Booking team to access their COVID Booster vaccination. There is an integrated central booking system who are ensuring that the social care workforce are contacted to book their vaccinations in the order in which their Booster vaccination is due. We would urge all staff who are eligible and have received their request to book to do so as soon as possible. There is a central contact number which is: 01302 566 055 and an email inbox Donccg.firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries or concerns.
Frontline health and social care workers can also book both their first and second vaccinations via the National Booking System or via your GP. You should not book your second vaccination via the National Booking System if you've had your first vaccination elsewhere. Social care workers will need to self-declare when booking their vaccination and will be asked for identification and written authorisation when attending their vaccination appointment. Appropriate forms of identification include: a work photo ID card, authorisation letter from the local authority, a signed letter of authorisation from their employer or wage slip that is dated within the last 3 months.
Women who are planning pregnancy, are in the immediate postpartum, or are breastfeeding can be vaccinated with any vaccine, depending on their age and clinical risk group. The JCVI will continue to closely monitor the evidence on the COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy and will update its advice as required. There have been no specific safety concerns identified with any brand of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines in relation to pregnancy. You can find more information via the Doncaster CCG's FAQ's.
- Public Health England COVID-19 AstraZeneca Vaccination Guide
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- Public Health England What to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination
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Social Care Worker eligibility and vaccine process
Are you a front-line social care worker?
You ARE eligible as a frontline social care worker if:
- You work in long-stay residential and nursing care homes or other long-stay facilities where rapid spread is likely to following introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality
- You are a member of social care staff directly involved in the care of patients or clients
- You are involved directly in delivering social care such that they and vulnerable patients are at increased risk of exposure
- You are aged 16-18, employed in, studying or in training for health and social care work. Here, you should be offered the vaccination alongside colleagues if a suitable vaccination is available.
You ARE NOT eligible as a frontline social care worker if:
- You are a social care workers working with children who are not considered priority within the context of the JCVI priority cohorts 1-9 (children under 16 who do not have underlying health conditions leading to greater risk of disease or mortality and children who have no underlying health conditions).
- You are an unpaid carer
Please see the national guidance for further information.
Where will vaccinations take place
For those who have not had their first vaccination yet and are wanting to access this, please contact your local GP practice or you can book your first vaccination via the National Booking System.
You will still require your letter of eligibility from your employer for your appointment, as well as your workplace ID badge. If you do not have a workplace ID badge you will need your eligibility letter and photo ID.
Second vaccinations will be arranged through the process in which you accessed your first vaccination.
When you receive your text please book on as soon as possible.
As with the current process, you can access your vaccination appointment with a Local Authority-issued Notice of Eligibility. If you do not have a work photo ID, as a minimum, a letter from your employer with another form of photo ID will be needed. Please also ensure you inform your employer of your vaccination to enable this to be included in data returns to help target support where needed.
Attending my vaccination
You should make arrangements to ensure you can attend. All appointments must be pre booked.
You must take this notice of eligibility letter and your work identification badge to the appointment. Staff at the vaccination centre may wish to see physical copies of these to confirm your priority eligibility. You must also be able to provide your NHS number on the consent form. Advice on how to find your NHS number is available here.
When you have been vaccinated, ask your employer to keep a record of this.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Programme in Adult Social Care
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You can find more information on the Covid-19 Vaccination; on the Doncaster CCG's Frequently Asked Questions, via the Governments Social Care Staff Vaccination Guide or on NHS England's guide to Vaccinating Front Line Social Care Workers.
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