- Marketing resources have been produced in readiness for promotion of the national COVID-19 vaccination programme, including: social animation and social statics.
- New workplace vaccination posters provide useful reminders about eligibility, how to support colleagues in booking vaccination slots and making sure care services are maintained while staff are off site to attend their appointments. Please note that a Google account is required to access Google Drive.
- Public Health England have produced an easy-read leaflets for people with learning disabilities.
- Learning Disability England has produced a guide for people and organisations that offer paid support to people with learning disabilities to help them to prepare the people they support to make a decision about having the Coronavirus vaccine.
- New resources are available on the Campaign Resource Centre for the Covid-19 Vaccine campaign.
Last Updated 11:00am, 22 September 2021
National information collection
The COVID-19 gov.uk website will be frequently updated as the vaccination programme is implemented. It contains links to the following documents, including translations and easy read versions:
Self-isolation rules changed on Monday 16 August
The self-isolation rules changed on Monday 16 August 2021, for people who have received both their vaccinations against coronavirus, and people aged under 18. They will no longer need to self-isolate if they’ve been identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19. They will however still be advised to take a PCR test, and if that’s positive, they’ll be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status.
Vaccination: care homes
Vaccination: health and social care staff
Eligible frontline social care staff can self-refer for vaccination through either the online referral form or by emailing Devon CCG directly. The CCG will then source the best available vaccination slot for you from those available. If you still have staff who have not been vaccinated or maybe have new starters please do take up the opportunity and protect yourself and others.
Concerned about the COVID-19 vaccine...
We highlight those messages, which we think are most powerful and effective in addressing concerns about vaccination with the following audiences: people concerned about pregnancy and fertility, people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and people concerned with overall vaccine safety.
Vaccine communications toolkit for adult social care
The Department of Health and Social Care has produced a toolkit of resources that is tailored for the adult social care sector: Vaccine communications toolkit for adult social care. The toolkit is regularly updated and includes:
- a stakeholder Q&A on the COVID-19 vaccines
- guidance and resources addressing common concerns about the vaccines, such as fertility, ingredients, allergies and speed of delivery
- advice on how to reassure people about taking the vaccine
- video clips of clinical experts discussing the vaccines
- video clips and case studies of social care workers sharing their own vaccination stories.
Letter to help people without an NHS number access the COVID-19 vaccine and register with a GP
A letter from NHS England and NHS Improvement and Public Health England tells people without an NHS number, including migrants, how to get the COVID-19 vaccine and if they wish to, how to register at a GP practice.
Vaccine guidance for 16/17 year olds working in health and social care
The following guidance has been issued to explain whether 16-17 year olds working in frontline health and social care should have the COVID-19 vaccine.
Pfizer is approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency for use in people aged 12 and above, and updates to product information. However, JCVI has not extended the programme to those under 18.
Those aged between 16-17 can have Pfizer administered under national protocol if they are classed as front-line staff or are clinically vulnerable.
Supporting carers to have their vaccination
Carers who would like to have their COVID-19 vaccination but cannot leave those that they care for can now access help to get their vaccination.
Please contact the Devon Vaccine Support Team or phone on 01752 398836 to discuss how they can support you to get your vaccination.
New advice for the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine
Following the national press conference, which sets out new advice for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, the following have been issued:
AstraZenica batches and EU travel
Some enquiries have been received from people concerned that certain batches of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, known as Covishield, were not being approved by the EU for travel.
- Mandatory vaccination in care homes: FAQ (August 2021)
- A range of FAQs has been published, with answers to questions including ‘Does second dose vaccination need to happen at the same place as the first dose?’ and ‘Can different vaccines be used for first and second doses?’
- FAQs on second vaccinations in care homes issued March 2021 but still contains some relevant information on preparation and process.
- DCC vaccination: FAQ issued January 2021 but still contains some relevant information on vaccination effectiveness
- NHS Vaccination FAQs (local). The ‘Together for Devon’ system-wide partnership has produced a set of FAQ, which are useful for everyone and updated on a regular basis.
- Some frequently asked questions about the vaccine (NHS)
- The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has published questions and answers covering a wide range of issues for social care staff.
In this two minute video social care workers question national leaders David Pearson, Dr Nikki Kanani, and Prof Jonathan Van-Tam.
- Direct payments and personal assistants vaccination FAQs
Vaccination: promotional material
Digital COVID-19 passport scam
The latest coronavirus scam is currently circulating on social media asking people for payment in exchange for a ‘coronavirus digital passport’.
The email claims to come from the NHS and says it will “allow you to travel safely and freely around the world without having to self-isolate” if you’ve had a COVID-19 vaccine or have recently recovered from the virus.
The email states “who is eligible” and asks people to click a button at the bottom of the email to access their “digital passport.” The link will then take you to a fake NHS website, where it will ask for personal information and payment details towards ‘an admin fee’.
What to do?
- If you receive this email please forward it onto PISHING.GOV.UK.
- If you have disclosed bank account details you should contact your bank immediately and notify action fraud.
Vaccines scams warning
Criminals are sending out texts and emails trying to make money from the pandemic, often with links to convincing fake NHS websites. Please remember that the NHS will NEVER ask for payment details so any requests for them will be fraudulent ones.
Information and advice on scams and how to report them
Recordings of COVID-19 vaccination webinars
Recordings of various webinars in one place.
NHS Devon vaccination stakeholder briefings
National guidance of flu vaccination
Biggest flu programme in history to roll out for winter 2021
Free seasonal flu vaccine to be made available for over 35 million people in 2021.
- those under 50 years in clinical risk groups
- pregnant women
- those aged 50 years and over
- unpaid carers
- close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- frontline health and adult social care staff
(These posters below are for print purposes only)
On-line course to ensure staff understand this year’s flu vaccination programme.
Flu jab materials
There is an NHS flu QR code poster which care staff can scan with a smart phone device. The poster takes you to a short online form that verifies your status and sends you the flu vaccination entitlement letter.
A wide range of resources are available from the national Campaign Resource Centre including:
- Posters – for pregnant women, children 2-3 years old and people with long term health conditions, translated posters for carers
- Social media assets
- Digital screens and web banners
- A range of translated assets – including posters and leaflets
- Easy read posters and leaflets
- Videos for those with a learning disability, or carer of someone with a learning disability, on the importance of the flu vaccine
- Braille leaflets
- British Sign Language videos
- A flu message to add to your email signature
Plus a leaflet explaining why, if a person is eligible, they may be asked to wait for their vaccine.
Learning disability flu vaccination film
Misfits Theatre Company have produced this upbeat film tackling misinformation surrounding the flu vaccination head on and urging people with learning disabilities and their carers to get their free flu vaccine as soon as possible.
Flu vaccination programme for front line social care staff
All frontline health and social care staff are eligible for a FREE flu vaccination this year. There are is no national shortage of the flu vaccine, there are enough doses for 30 million people to be vaccinated in England.
This season, early demand for flu vaccine has also been higher than usual due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. This means that some GP practices and pharmacies will have to ask people to wait until they receive further deliveries.
At present people who are more at risk from flu are being prioritised, including people with long-term health conditions.
You will be able to access your free vaccination via your GP or Pharmacy, and bookings will open again shortly when additional stock becomes available.
Please fill out this simple form to access a letter confirming your eligibility for the vaccine.
To find out more please see Why am I being asked to wait for my flu vaccine?