Front Line Social Care Worker Vaccinations

National guidance has been released regarding the timescale of Covid-19 vaccinations for front line social care workers working with adults and/or children. Both Doncaster Council and the CCG are working together to meet this deadline and want to ensure that we are aware of all staff that are included in this category.

Update

Frontline health and social care workers can book both their first and second vaccinations via the National Booking System from the 19 of April. 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. Real-world data from the United States shows that around 90,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated, mainly with mRNA vaccines including Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, without any safety concerns being raised. You can find more information via the Doncaster CCG's FAQ's.

 

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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.

Second Vaccinations

If you had your first dose at either Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw General Hospital or at Almond Tree Court (RDASH), you will be sent a text invitation to coincide with your second vaccination date between 11 and 12 weeks after your first. 

There is a possibility that dates might be brought forward depending on the vaccinations being available sooner. Time slots will be made available when booking via the NHS booking system. You should get your second vaccination at the same place you had your first so if you are contacted by your GP do let them know where you had your first dose and book a slot at that venue so it helps to manage vaccines more effectively. 

Please remember to bring your vaccination card with you and if you have your NHS number please bring that too.

For those who have not had their first vaccination yet and are wanting to access this, please contact your local GP practice.

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. Personal Assistants who have not got their eligibility letter can access this via COVID.Vaccinations@doncaster.gov.uk if you work with Adults and Covid19LOCYP@doncaster.gov.uk if you work with children.

I am eligible what happens next?

The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI) have identified frontline social care workers as a priority for vaccination due to the critically important work they are doing within the community.

Your employer should have sent you a national letter informing you that the vaccination programme is making COVID-19 vaccinations available to all eligible front-line social care workers and asking you to give your consent to be vaccinated.

If you are a Personal Assistant and not employed by an organisation please contact COVID.Vaccinations@doncaster.gov.uk or CYPSVaccineEnquiries@doncaster.gov.uk

I have not received the letter?

If you have not received this information you should speak to your employer immediately or contact us via COVID.Vaccinations@doncaster.gov.uk or CYPSVaccineEnquiries@doncaster.gov.uk

Where will vaccinations take place

Vaccinations will take place across a number of sites across Doncaster these will be made available to you at the time of booking.

Accessing your vaccination

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. Personal Assistants who have not got their eligibility letter can access this via COVID.Vaccinations@doncaster.gov.uk if you work with Adults and Covid19LOCYP@doncaster.gov.uk if you work with children.

Second vaccinations are being offered to those who have had their first dose in January and to mid- February.

If you had your first dose at either Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw General Hospital or at Almond Tree Court (RDASH), you will be sent a text invitation to coincide with your second vaccination date between 11 and 12 weeks after your first.  

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.

If you have any other questions please see the following useful guide which addresses any concerns or further queries you may have:
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.

The information you provide will only be used for the vaccination programme. It will be shared with DBTH and RDASH for this purpose. You can find more information via our Privacy Notice

 

 

Last updated: 08 July 2021 16:22:03