We have been receiving a high volume of enquiries about Covid 19 vaccinations for Health and Social Care staff. Please see the attached guidance which clarifies that NHS Trusts will be establishing “hospital hubs” by the middle of January, with a responsibility for vaccine delivery to all individuals within the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation Cohort 2b- Health and Social care staff. This should be the default route to vaccination for staff working in a healthcare environment including but not limited to:
- Staff working on the vaccination programme
- Staff who have frequent face-to-face contact with patients and who are directly involved in patient care in either secondary or primary care, mental health, urgent and emergency care and community settings
- Those working in independent, voluntary and non-standard healthcare settings such as hospices, and community-based mental health or addiction services
- Laboratory, pathology and mortuary staff
- Those working for a sub-contracted provider of facilities services such as portering or cleaning
- Temporary, locum or ‘bank’ staff, including those working in the COVID-19 vaccination programme, students, trainees and volunteers who are working with patients
- Frontline social care workers directly working with vulnerable people who need care and support irrespective of where they work (for example in hospital, people’s own homes, day centres, or supported housing); or who they are employed by (for example local government, NHS, independent sector or third sector).
If you have any questions about this, please email the national vaccine operations centre at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be happy to respond.