Information on the vaccination programme in Gloucestershire

Latest update from the NHS on the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Local GP services will be in touch soon, if they haven’t already, to offer an appointment slot locally to people aged 55 or over at one of 10 Primary Care Network GP led vaccination centres across the county. Residents are politely asked not to call their GP surgery - they will be in contact.

Vaccine roll out

Nationally, this programme is led by the NHS, with local support from Gloucestershire County Council and partners. Eligible residents and staff will be contacted directly by the NHS with information on their appointment for the vaccine. The public are being asked not to contact the NHS to get an appointment until they are invited.

If you have any queries about the timings of vaccinations or priority groups please see the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) page, where all relevant information is held.

You can also read the Government's 'COVID-19 vaccination - why you are being asked to wait for your COVID-19 vaccination' leaflet for further information.

Social care staff vaccine roll out

The next stage of the vaccine roll out is to frontline health and social care workers (known as priority cohort 2). Employers with staff defined in this cohort have received a national letter.

Priority cohort 2 includes CQC-registered providers, and / or other non-registered organisations who employ frontline care workers providing care to individuals that are clinically vulnerable to COVID infection:

  • Those working 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.
  • Social care staff directly involved in the care of their patients or clients.
  • Others involved directly in delivering social care such that they and clinically vulnerable patients or clients are at increased risk of exposure.

Staff will invited during January and February 2021. Staff groups that have prolonged and significant close contact with clinically vulnerable individuals will be invited first.

Examples of eligible staff groups:

  • Residential care for clinically vulnerable adults or children (e.g. Learning disabilities, acquired brain injury, serious mental health diagnosis, older adults).
  • Domiciliary care workers going into people’s homes.
  • Older adult and disability day services.
  • Any social care staff entering a hospital setting.
  • Hospices.
  • Medical tuition service.
  • Supported living.
  • Extra care housing.
  • Staff working in special schools (SEND provision in mainstream school settings will be considered on an individual setting basis).
  • Adult Social Care / Children’s Social Care social work undertaking home visits.
  • Homelessness accommodation and community based support.
  • Drugs and alcohol services accommodation and community based support.
  • Paid care staff working with those that are clinically vulnerable (employed through personal Health budgets or Direct payments).
  • Foster carers.
  • Learning Disability and Mental Health services and community based support.
  • Community transport commissioned specifically to transport those with clinical vulnerability.

Who is not eligible?

During this phase the following staff are not eligible:

  • Administrative staff with no direct contact with service users.
  • Unpaid carers.
  • Children’s social care staff (unless they are either working with clinically vulnerable children, or entering service users homes).
  • Teachers and teaching assistants (unless identified locally as supporting those that are clinically vulnerable).

Mortuary staff, funeral directors and independent regulated health professionals are eligible as ‘health’ staff and can contact the NHS Programme directly for booking information.

Unpaid carers: update on the vaccine roll out

Current JCVI guidance indicates that if you are an unpaid carer you may already fall within one of the nine cohort groups for access to the vaccine, as identified in this poster.

At present we are working through the cohort 2 schedule, which includes frontline care workers providing care to individuals that are clinically vulnerable to COVID infection. Unfortunately unpaid carers are not included in this.

Further national guidance is due to be published in relation to access to the vaccination for unpaid carers that fall within any of the cohorts.

Occupational Group Example of Roles in Scope (local employers may further define job roles and titles with which the social care workforce will more readily identify, and therefore local processes to identify the frontline social care workforce should take this into account).
Direct care - These roles involve directly working with people who need care and support.
  • Activities worker
  • Care worker
  • Personal Assistant
  • Rehabilitation, reablement, enablement worker
  • Shared lives Carer
  • Advocacy worker
Management - These roles involve managerial responsibility for a small team, or a whole service.
  • Team leader or supervisor
  • Manager
  • Deputy Manager or team leader
  • Specialist coordinator, such as Dementia or end of life care coordinator
Social care support  - These roles provide direct support and administrative functions.
  • Housing support Officer
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Social care prescriber/Care Navigator
  • Welfare rights
  • Employment advisor
  • Administration roles including finance, HR marketing
  • Trainer or assessor
Ancillary - These roles do not involve direct care but are vital to the running of social care services.
  • Cook or Kitchen assistant
  • Housekeeping or domestic worker
  • Driver or transport manager
  • Maintenance
Regulated professionals - these roles require the worker to hold relevant qualifications and to be registered with a regulated body to practice.
  • Social worker
  • Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP)
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Nurse including nursing associate
  • Complimentary therapist
  • Counsellor

The national offer letter, staff consent forms and communications to staff, including information for those that are pregnant staff are available through the Government's COVID-19 vaccination: consent form and letter for healthcare workers page.

See the FAQ’s for CQC-registered providers, and/or other non-registered organisations who employ frontline care workers.

Page updated: 03/02/2021 Page updated by: Gloucestershire County Council

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