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COVID-19 updates for adult social care and health providers


Vaccinations for health and social care staff

Consultation: Making vaccination a condition of deployment

To increase vaccine take up, the government is considering amending the Health and Social Care Act. This would mean care home providers for older adults could only use staff who have received the COVID-19 vaccine (or those with a legitimate medical exemption) in line with government guidance.

A five-week consultation has been launched to seek your views.

The deadline is Friday 21 May 2021.

Find out more and complete the survey

Evidence reports on COVID-19 vaccination

Public Health England analysis indicates that the COVID-19 vaccination programme prevented 10,400 deaths in those aged 60 and older in England up to the end of March, an additional 4,300 since the previous update.

The report shows there is now increasing evidence that vaccines help to reduce transmission. It is therefore likely that an even higher number of deaths will have been prevented by the vaccination programme.

Vaccination booking slots for health and social care staff

Frontline social care and health workers were identified as being in the second highest group for COVID-19 vaccinations and should receive the vaccination as soon as possible.

This includes:

  • all NHS staff from primary (including general practice and general dental practice) community and secondary care.
  • staff of independent and third sector health and care providers.
  • care and care home staff in public, private and not for profit sectors.

All eligible health and social care workers can use the National Booking Service to book COVID-19 vaccinations if you are not able to receive it through your workplace.

If you are eligible but have not yet had your first vaccination, please go to the NHS COVID-19 Vaccinations website or call 119 today to arrange your appointment.

You no longer need an NHS number to book your vaccination.

When you attend your vaccination appointment as a health and care worker, you will need to take the following identification:

  • A work photo ID badge or other photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport.
  • If you do not have the above, you can request a personalised eligibility letter by emailing our Vaccination Team.

There is a high demand for appointments and they fill very quickly. If appointment slots are unavailable when you first look, please check back as further slots are being added all the time.

You must book an appointment. Do not attend without one as you will not be vaccinated.

As the vaccine may not be suitable for everyone, you’ll be asked to complete a pre-screening questionnaire before your appointment. There is more information about the vaccine in these guides for healthcare workers and social care staff.

If you have any questions, email: sxccg.vaccineenquiries@nhs.net.

Second vaccinations and FAQs

For information on second doses and frequently asked questions about vaccination, see:

Health and care workforce vaccinations

Resources about COVID-19 vaccination

NHS Sussex Health and Care Partnership – Vaccination briefings

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

Videos about vaccination

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

Video 1 - Explaining COVID-19 vaccine

Dr Manon Ragonnet-Cronin, MRC Fellow, Imperial College London talks to those who work and support vulnerable adults about the vaccine.

Video 2 - Answering questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

Dr Ragonnet-Cronin answers key questions that health and social care workers may also find useful.

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 resources in accessible formats. The materials are comprised of HTML, 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, 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.

Queries about vaccination

East Sussex County Council has a dedicated email for vaccination queries. Email Vaccination Team

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

New dates: Vaccination discussions for all care staff

All care staff including anyone working in care are invited to join a 30 minute informal drop-in session to discuss the COVID-19 vaccination.  

The aim of the sessions is to provide a space for discussion and to answer any questions you may have about this topic. Attendees can pop in and stay for as long as they wish, no obligation to stay for the whole session.

Session are organised and led by our Public Health Infection Control Advisors, whose roles are to support care homes and their staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, plus special guests providing expert clinical advice on any questions raised during the discussion.

Sessions are held online weekly via Microsoft Teams, and new dates have been added, as follows:

  • Thursday 13 May at 3pm to 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 19 May at 10.30am to 11am
  • Thursday 27 May at 12pm to 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 9 June at 2pm to 12.30pm

Choose a date and register on Eventbrite.

For more information email: Maria Stack