The following groups of people are currently being vaccinated -
- aged 65 and over
- who are at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- who are at moderate risk (clinically vulnerable)
- those who live or work in care homes
- health and social care workers
The NHS has now asked anyone aged 70 and over who has not yet been invited to book their vaccination appointment to book themselves as soon as possible. This can be done using the NHS online form which can be accessed using the link below, alternatively you can telephone 119.
Wait to be contacted
People are being prioritised in-line with national guidance set out by the Joint Commission for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). These are decided and agreed at a national level and are the same for all local authority areas.
People under 70 years of age must wait to be contacted. The NHS will be in touch when it is your turn, unless you have been told otherwise, do not contact your GP or other NHS services. You can find out more about the roll out using the link below.
The NHS may contact you by -
- phone call
Remember they will never ask you to make a payment for a vaccine, if you are this will be a scam. You can find out more about vaccination scams using the link below.
Questions and concerns
If you have any concerns or questions about vaccination you can find more information in various formats using the links below.
Public Health England has worked with doctors to prepare a series of videos that include information on -
- how the vaccine works
- tests it has undergone
- dispelling misunderstandings
You can access the videos using the link below.
As per the Vaccine Deployment Programme which is part of the Standard Operating Model (SOP) we have a duty to ensure vaccines are rolled out to the priority groups as soon as possible. This will ensure all frontline social care workers, in close personal contact with clinically vulnerable people, are vaccinated.
We will contact you direct to provide you with all the information you will need to ensure your staff are vaccinated and to support you in your role as their employer.
You can find out more about the Standard Operating Model below -
Eligible front line social care workers include workers who are -
- working in -
- long-stay residential homes
- nursing homes
- other long stay facilities
- directly involved in the care of patients or clients
- directly involved in delivering social care
- delivering services that increased the risk of expose for themselves and the vulnerable patient
- aged 16-18, including those training and studying for health and social care, if a suitable vaccine is available
Not included as eligible are -
- administrative staff who do not have contact with clients
- workers working with children who are not considered priority
- unpaid carers
If you employ social care workers, including agency staff, they need to book a COVID-19 vaccination.
You as their employer, must collect and maintain records of vaccinated staff, including -
- date of vaccination
- location of vaccination
Employers must also -
- update the National Capacity Tracker (only providers required to do so) including all information required
- review records of vaccinated staff at regular intervals to report on progress
- provide reminders and encouragement to support the aim to get eligible staff vaccinated
- ensure your staff have the correct paperwork before attending for their vaccination to prove eligibility (details below) which we will send to eligible employers
If you consider you are an employer of front line social care workers and have not yet been contacted by us please let us know using the email address below.
Updating the council
Employers who do not complete the National Capacity Tracker need to report on the number of staff vaccinated using the reporting form. Details on how to access the form and the information required will be included in our communications with you.
Eligible employees will be provided with information on how to book appointments for vaccinations by your employer.
You will also be provided with information on what you need to take with you on the day.