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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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:
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.
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.