Eligibility checklist for health and social care workers that have self-declared for vaccination through the national booking system
From 10 February, healthcare workers and community based social care workers in priority group 2 are able to book to receive their vaccination appointments in a vaccination centre or community pharmacy through the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Service (online at www.nhs.uk or by ringing 119). To book, they need to self-declare they are a health or social care worker.
When the individual arrives for their appointment
They should verbally declare to the person at the vaccination site that is booking them in that:
- they are a health or social care worker
- the type of role/work they do
- the name of their employer
The person should also show further proof of employment as a health or social care worker such as one of the following:
- A recent letter from their employer
- A staff ID badge
- A recent (last 3 months) payslip which shows their employer.
The individual should be informed, by the person recoding their vaccination, that it will be recorded that they are a health or social care worker.
Who are eligible frontline social care or health care workers in England?
People that have direct contact with patients, clients or service users at higher risk from coronavirus (COVID-19).
Health workers, for example:
- you work in a clinical role (such as a doctor or nurse)
- you have contact in a non-clinical role (such as a receptionist or porter)
- you work in a hospital laboratory, mortuary or a funeral home
Social care workers, for example:
- you are a registered professional in social care (such as a social worker or nurse)
- you work in residential care, nursing care or in supported living
- you provide personal care for people in their homes
The following community based social care workers are included as eligible:
|Occupational group||Example of role|
|Direct care – These roles involve directly working with people who need care and support||
|Management of care and residential setting – These roles involve managerial responsibility for a small team, or a whole service.||
|Social care support – These roles
provide direct support and
|Ancillary staff in care and residential homes – These roles do not involve
direct care but are vital to the running of
social care services.
|Regulated professionals – these roles
require the worker to hold relevant
qualifications and to be registered with
a regulated body to practice.
The following are, however, not eligible within this priority group as defined by the JCVI:
- Administrative staff who do not have any direct contact with clients
- Social care workers working with children who are not considered priority
within the context of the JCVI priority cohorts 1-9 (children under 16 who do not have underlying health conditions leading to greater risk of disease or mortality and children who have no underlying health conditions).
- Unpaid carers
People will be offered the vaccination at a later date that provide home help, such as shopping or cleaning, or unpaid carers.