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COVID-19 vaccinations

This page includes information on:

  • The autumn vaccination booster programme
  • COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of deployment for health and social care workers
  • Accessing vaccinations
  • Support equitable uptake of the COVID-19 vaccination in people with Severe Mental Illness.

Vaccination

Vaccination is an important component of good infection prevention and control (IPC) and remains the best defence against COVID-19. Along with the safety of care staff, to minimise risk to people who receive care and support, providers should encourage and support all their staff, volunteers and unpaid carers to get a COVID-19 vaccine and a booster dose as and when they are eligible (as well as a vaccine for seasonal influenza).

Providers can do this by putting in place arrangements to facilitate staff access to vaccinations, and regularly reviewing the immunisation status of their workforce in line with immunisation against infectious disease The Green Book (2022) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Autumn booster programme

It is expected that this winter many respiratory infections, including COVID-19 and flu may be circulating at high levels. This may put increasing pressure on hospitals and other health care services.

Autumn booster vaccination for:

  • people aged 50 years and older
  • residents in care homes for older people
  • those aged 5 years and over in a clinical risk group
  • health and social care staff

You can find out more from the government’s A guide to the COVID-19 autumn booster.

The NHS has begun to contact care homes about autumn booster vaccinations and we are reminding all care homes to start the vaccination booster consent process.  Relevant consent forms and supporting information can be found on the GOV.UK website.

COVID-19 vaccinations

Anyone eligible for their first, second and/or booster dose can either:

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccination: guide for adults

COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of deployment for health and social care workers

Being vaccinated is no longer a condition of deployment in health and social care. The government revoked their regulation on vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) on 15 March 2022.

Registered managers of care homes will also no longer be required to show records of COVID-19 vaccination of staff and visiting professionals.

You can find out more about this change and support for care providers from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published FAQs on the decision to revoke the regulations.

For further information on vaccinations in an adult social care environment please visit the Infection prevention and control in adult social care: COVID-19 supplement.

See below for information on accessing vaccinations in Devon.

COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of deployment for health and social care workers

Being vaccinated is no longer a condition of deployment in health and social care. The government revoked their regulation on vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) on 15 March 2022.

Registered managers of care homes will also no longer be required to show records of COVID-19 vaccination of staff and visiting professionals.

You can find out more about this change and support for care providers from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published FAQs on the decision to revoke the regulations.

For further information on vaccinations in an adult social care environment please visit the Infection prevention and control in adult social care: COVID-19 supplement.

See below for information on accessing vaccinations in Devon.

Supporting equitable uptake of the COVID-19 vaccination in people with Severe Mental Illness

People with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) may find it difficult to attend vaccination appointment or may not know they are eligible. This makes it important to take an inclusive approach to ensure people with SMI, such as bipolar, schizophrenia. eating disorders (either a high or low BMI) and similar illnesses, access their vaccination and helpful information.

There is a suite of resources available to support equitable uptake of the COVID-19 vaccination.

UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Equally Well UK and NHS England offer the following resources to support and encourage people with SMI to get their COVID-19 vaccine. These videos demonstrate what to expect from the vaccination process and how to prepare before appointments. They also provide information for primary care professionals to better support people with SMI in their areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccination on the FAQ’s.


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