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.
As you will be aware, in December 2021, Parliament approved legislation requiring vaccination as a condition of deployment in health and wider social care. This was due to come into force from 1 April 2022. On 31 January, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced the Government’s intention to revoke the regulations making vaccination a condition of deployment (VCOD) in all health and social care settings (care homes and wider social care), subject to consultation and the will of Parliament.
This decision was taken in the light of the latest scientific evidence, based on the now dominant variant Omicron. Irrespective of this decision, we are clear that vaccination is the best way to protect ourselves against COVID-19. The vast majority of health and social care workers have been vaccinated, but we encourage everyone who is eligible to get their vaccinations and their booster. Please use the national booking system to book both your first and second vaccination, or contact the central booking team via: 01302 566 055 or Donccg.email@example.com. For more information, please visit the Government website.
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 are available to health and social care workers and we would urge everyone working in the sector to take up the offer, and the offer of a COVID-19 booster, when available. 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 to book their booster 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.
- 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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- Public Health England vaccine and blood clots factsheet - Information for Health Professionals
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- 2 February 2022 VCOD letter to wider ASC providers
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Social Care Worker Vaccine Process
Please use the national booking system to book both your first and second vaccination, or contact the central booking team via: 01302 566 055 or Donccg.email@example.com. For more information, please visit the Government website.
You can also book your booster vaccination via the National Booking System or by attending a vaccine drop-in.
Where will vaccinations take place
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.
Vaccinations and Pregnancy
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.
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