If you are a social care worker in Camden you may be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
The vaccine can protect you from becoming unwell with COVID-19. It is really important that if you are invited to have the vaccine you take up this opportunity. If you would like more information about the vaccine, including how it was made and what it contains, please visit nhs.uk/coronavirusvaccine
As the vaccine is rolled out across the country, it is being given to people in ‘priority groups’ first. These priority groups are identified by the national Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
The first priority groups for vaccination include people who are at the highest risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 (clinically vulnerable), and people who directly provide care and support to those in this more clinically vulnerable category.
This includes many frontline social care workers.
Social care workers who are currently eligible
In line with national criteria, to be eligible for a vaccination as part of the rollout to the socila care workforce you must work:
- in a care home or residential setting for older people
- directly (face-to-face) with adults who are clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 who need care and support. A person is clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 if they have specific conditions identified by the government here.
- directly (face-to-face) with children who are clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 and who need care and support.
It does not matter where you carry out this work (for example in someone’s own home, day centres, care homes for working age adults or supported housing), or who you are employed by.
As more supplies of the vaccine become available throughout the country and as progress is made in vaccinating the current top priority groups, more people will be added to these groups.
Social care workers who are not currently eligible
However, the following social care workers in frontline roles are not currently eligible for a vaccine (in line with national criteria) and so cannot currently receive the vaccination through their employment:
- Social care workers working with children who are not clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. The list of clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) groups can be found here. It covers those on the Shielded Patient List or with specific conditions which are listed.
- Administrative, ancillary or management staff who do not have any direct contact with clients.
- Unpaid carers (who are covered in priority group six – plans are underway for the rollout of vaccinations to this group).
If you think you may be eligible for vaccination, or that you have staff or volunteers in your organisation who may be eligible, please email email@example.com
We will provide you with the information you need to be able to book a vaccine if you or your staff are eligible.