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Vaccination eligibility checklist for health and social care workers

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 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
  • Activities worker
  • Care worker
  • Personal Assistant
  • Rehabilitation, reablement, enablement worker
  • Shared lives Carer
  • Advocacy worker
Management of care and residential setting – These roles involve managerial responsibility for a small team, or a whole service.
  • Team leader or supervisor
  • Manager
  • Deputy Manager or team leader
  • Specialist coordinator, such as Dementia or end of life care coordinator
Social care support – These roles
provide direct support and
administrative functions
  • Housing support Officer
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Social care prescriber/Care Navigator
  • Welfare rights
  • Employment advisor
  • Administration roles including finance, HR
  • Trainer or assessor
Ancillary staff in care and residential homes – These roles do not involve
direct care but are vital to the running of
social care services.
  • Cook or Kitchen assistant
  • Housekeeping or domestic worker
  • Driver or transport manager
  • Maintenance
Regulated professionals – these roles
require the worker to hold relevant
qualifications and to be registered with
a regulated body to practice.
  • Social worker
  • Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP)
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Nurse including nursing associate
  • Complimentary therapist
  • Counsellor

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.