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Supporting health and social care providers in Devon

Vaccination in care homes

Care home and out of hospital care webinar

The next local care home and out of hospital care webinar will be held on Thursday 11 March from 2.00pm to 3.00pm. Please follow the link to join.

Information for managers regarding recording adverse events in care homes

This information sheet provides advice regarding the reporting process of any significant adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Care homes programme launch

Letter from the Minister for Care on 4 December 2020 to local authorities and managers of care homes for older adults.

Devon COVID-19 vaccination programme for care homes

A great amount of work is taking place across health and social care to roll out the COVID-19 vaccination to all those who are eligible. Thank you for your continued patience on what is a very complex and fast moving programme.

Care home staff and residents remain a priority group to be vaccinated, as set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. However, the number of vaccinations available is limited and the Pfizer/Biontech vaccine is complicated to deliver, so the details of how and when care homes will receive the vaccine for both staff and residents is still being worked through.

Please be assured, every care home will be contacted when the vaccination is ready to be delivered from your site or when an alternative site becomes available where you can access vaccinations.

Some frequently asked questions about the vaccine

Vaccination preparation in care homes

The national roll-out of mass vaccination has continued at pace with the following headline messages:

  • Primary Care Networks now have the facility to apply for smaller doses of vaccines to offer to care homes in their areas
  • The first care homes have had their vaccinations and NHS Devon, pharmacy and nursing staff are working closely with GP practices and care homes to learn from the first sites
  • Plymouth and Exeter hospitals are also now offering vaccinations to care home staff in their areas
  • The most important NHS message to care homes remains the same as the message to the public: please wait to be contacted when it is your turn.

While waiting for your turn in the vaccination process, here are simple steps you can take to help prepare:

  • put together staff lists, including basic details (name, gender, date of birth, NHS number, GP details) for each staff member
  • be ready to provide each staff member with a letter confirming their employment in the care sector
  • keep staff records of vaccinations and report via the Capacity Tracker (as you do with flu vaccination)
  • consider the covid-secure logistics of releasing staff to receive their vaccine, while maintaining staffing levels within their home
  • take steps now to ensure that staff understand need for obtaining consent, so that they in turn can help residents and families to
  • complete the necessary forms when a vaccine is ready to be delivered within a care home.

Standard Operating Procedure and programme launch letter

More detailed guidance to support this preparation is part of the national Standard Operating Procedure.

A letter from the Minister for Care explains the national care homes vaccination programme COVID-19 vaccinations and care homes: programme launch.

New regional care homes vaccines advice

The NHS Regional Clinical Advice Response Service has issued this very useful information for care homes based on learning from the first few weeks of the vaccination programme. Please contact them for any COVID-19 vaccination related queries or to report an incident.

Visit NHS England and NHS Improvement South West care home guidance pages.

Care home vaccination follow-ups

How to contact us if your eligible care home in England has not yet been visited for the COVID-19 vaccine.

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