January 14, 2021
VACCINATION UPDATE FOR TECHNOLOGY ENABLED CARE SECTOR
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has offered clarification on access for social care workers to the COVID-19 vaccine to include those frontline staff in Technology Enabled Care and Telecare services.
The Vaccination Programme is the most far-reaching yet; its framework includes close working partnerships and co-design of the programme between local authorities, NHS and Local Government with “shared ambitions to protect service users and staff.”
A key driver of the programme is the need to minimise impact on the continuity of services to vulnerable groups.
Who is Eligible:
All frontline social care workers working directly with people clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 who need care and support irrespective of where they work (for example people’s own homes, day centres, care homes for working age adults or supported housing); whether they care for clinically vulnerable adults or children; or who they are employed by (for example local government, NHS, private sector or third sector employees).
“Response services to Technology Enabled Care (Telecare); and housing with support.”
However, the Key Criteria for Eligibility will be the “degree of close personal contact with the clinically vulnerable”.
All other staff who are able to practise social distancing or the use of PPE will not be eligible.
Route to Access:
The programme aims to offer the vaccine to everyone in JCVI cohorts 1-4 by 15 February, therefore proactive response is encouraged by providers/employers to access it for eligible staff members by contacting directly their local authority.
NHS Guidance can be read here:
The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP):
for community based social care staff to identify the eligible cohort of care workers in JCVI priority group 2, and the arrangements that should be put in place to enable them to access their COVID-19 vaccination. - https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/vaccinating-frontline-social-care-workers/