Priority groups for vaccination
The Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland COVID-19 vaccination programme is following the nationally-set Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) priority order. Find out how to prepare your organisation and staff for vaccinations.
How has the vaccine been prioritised?
This vaccination will be free of charge. Our priority is the vaccination of our front-line social care workforce including local authority staff and providers of social care, to protect individuals who have the highest risks from COVID-19 infection. It will also help reduce the risk of staff spreading infections to vulnerable people and family members.
The JCVI vaccination and immunisation priority order has been developed by experts based on evidence to prevent deaths and to maintain health and social care systems. Further details on the advice by JCVI can be found at GOV.UK - JCVI advice.
A national ‘Standard Operating Procedure’ (SOP) has been published which sets out how the vaccination of the wider social care workforce should proceed. You do not need to read the detailed guidance at this stage but it is available for your information at NHS.UK - frontline workers.
We are prioritising services locally that deliver personal care to people who use services, and that are integral to the efficient discharge of patients from hospital.
All social care organisations will be offered the vaccine imminently as we move through the priority list.
What we are doing
We understand that you are keen to get your staff vaccinated as soon as possible, and you may have heard that vaccinations are being rolled out differently in other parts of England. We can assure you that we are working to get priority groups vaccinated as quickly as possible.
In line with the first national priority (known as ‘cohort 1’), care home residents and staff are continuing to be offered vaccinations. We are now deploying vaccines for the next and much larger priority group (known as ‘cohort 2’) which includes frontline health and social care workers.
Vaccinations for social care providers
Vaccinations are now progressing with social care organisations following a Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland prioritisation process. If you fall into the first group of organisations to be vaccinated, you will have received a notification from the council of your eligibility, and details of how to book your vaccinations.
If you fit into any of the categories below then you are eligible for vaccinations for your staff:
- Domiciliary Care/Home Care Agency (including Extra Care Provider)
- Supported Living Provider
- Community Opportunities (Day Care) Provider
If you have not received a notification, please contact us as a matter of urgency by submitting the following online form:
Vaccination for personal assistants
If you are a personal assistant, employed to support someone with their social care needs, then you are eligible for a vaccination. All individuals who have a direct payment to pay for a personal assistant have been sent a letter or e-mail week commencing 25 January 2021, providing information on how to access a vaccine for their personal assistant.
If you employ a personal assistant, or are a personal assistant, and have not received this information, please contact us to register your details:
- by submitting the following online form: Register your details
- by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, contact details, and email address.
- by telephone on 454 3500.
If you are not a paid personal assistant and provide care and support as an informal carer, then at present you are not eligible for a vaccination. Vaccination for informal carers will take place as part of Cohort 6 of the JCVI prioritisation model.
Preparing your organisation
You can prepare now for the vaccination programme:
- Compile a list of staff, their job role, and prioritise those staff in terms of their personal risks in line with the JCVI guidance.
- The staff list will also require the staff member’s NHS Number which will be required to register for a vaccination. Can’t remember where to find your NHS number? Find more details on the NHS.UK website.
- Provide staff with a consent form which they will need to take with them when they attend their vaccination appointment. The consent form can be found at NHS.UK - consent.
Preparing your staff
We know that you will want to show leadership with your workers now, to prepare them to accept their vaccination appointments when they are offered.
Please consider the following ideas:
- Speak positively about the benefits of vaccination
- Promote publicity materials
- Answer your colleagues’ questions and address their concerns;
- Release staff to have their vaccination during work time, where practical
- Where some of your workers have already accessed the vaccine, and others remain unsure, encourage them to talk to their peers
- Where offered, have your own vaccination and demonstrate this to your staff
Further information about the vaccine, including its safety and effectiveness and how it provides the best available protection from COVID-19 is available on the following links:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (NHS.UK)
- Why vaccination is safe and important (NHS.UK)
- Watch YouTube video - FAQs about the vaccine within the care sector
- Your questions answered on the vaccine (YouTube video) - Department of Health and Social Care
- Resources for communities including myth busting
- COVID-19 vaccination guide for social care staff, healthcare workers, older adults, what to expect after vaccination and more (GOV.UK)
- COVID-19 vaccination easy read resources at GOV.UK
- Vaccines explained - World Health Organisation
- Video: getting the vaccine as a person with a learning disability
- Care home and healthcare settings posters at GOV.UK
- YouTube video resource in Gujarati - individuals who are vaccinated share experiences
- Podcast Somali community
Further materials including the experiences of workers in Leicestershire are being developed and will be available soon.