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COVID-19 updates for adult social care and health providers

Vaccinations for health and social care staff

Booking a vaccination

Everyone aged 16 or over is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. 

You can arrange your vaccination in the following ways:

  • Attending a walk-in vaccination clinic. These are available across Sussex. You don't need to be registered with a GP. Simply turn up with some ID and your NHS number if you know it.  Find your local clinic.
  • By booking an appointment either directly with your GP, through the national booking site or by calling 119. 

See: Sussex COVID Vaccination Programme for more details.

If you’re aged 40 and over, you can bring forward your second appointment to 8 weeks from the first. If you booked your first jab through the national booking site or by calling 119, go online or call again to bring your second dose forward.

Please don’t forget to follow government guidance around ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ once you’ve had your vaccination.

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for care home staff from 11 November

In June, the government announced new legislation requiring everyone working in care homes to be fully vaccinated to protect residents, unless they have a medical exemption.

These regulations will come into force on Thursday 11 November. People who have not yet had the vaccine must have their first dose by Thursday 16 September to allow the 8 week gap between doses and ensure they are fully vaccinated by Thursday 11 November.

Vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes guidance has been published.

For more information and links to resources to support providers with these changes, see National guidance.

‘NHS COVID Pass' – showing your vaccination status

The government has published guidance on the NHS COVID Pass which is the NHS service to show your COVID-19 vaccination status.

For more information on using the NHS app as your COVID-19 pass, see: Managing your healthcare online – East Sussex CCG.

Care homes: include vaccination status when transferring residents 

NHS East Sussex Healthcare Trust (ESHT) ask all care homes to ensure transfer documentation is completed when a resident is being transferred to a NHS setting. It should include:

  • vaccination status of the resident including 1st and 2nd dose dates
  • which vaccination was administered

Queries about vaccination

Sussex Health and Care Partnership can answer general questions about vaccination. Email: sxccg.vaccineenquiries@nhs.net 

For updated information and frequently asked questions about vaccination, visit: Health and care workforce vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccination resources

Vaccination briefings – Sussex Health and Care Partnership

Vaccination briefings for the independent care sector and stakeholders are published by Sussex CCGs. These are all available at Sussex Health and Care Partnership.

Videos about vaccination

The following videos provide further information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Explaining COVID-19 vaccine

Answering questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

Fertility, pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine

Accessible resources about COVID-19 vaccination

A series of COVID-19 resources in a variety of languages and accessible formats are updated regularly at Sussex Health and Care Partnership.

Public Health England have developed a range of accessible resources. These include web pages, large print and braille versions of the core leaflets:

COVID-19 vaccination for older adults

Vaccination guide for women of childbearing age

What to expect after vaccination

COVID-19 Easy Read vaccination leaflets

All of the leaflets have been translated into 18 languages and there are Easy Read versions, as well as BSL videos .

You can order paper copies of the leaflets, and download the audio or video files from the Health Publications website. You just need to register and the service is free.

Vaccine communications resources for adult social care

The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) have produced a suite of new resources to help care managers reassure their staff about having the vaccine. These include a briefing leaflet for care managers, a Q&A, downloadable posters and social media graphics.

There are available on Google Drive or from Public Health England’s Campaign Resource Centre.

DHSC also has a range of other materials available in their Communications Toolkit for colleagues working in adult social care, including case study videos, blogs, and social media content in a variety of languages which you can use across your own channels.