COVID-19 Vaccinations for pharmacy staff
You will be aware that Health and Social Care workers are included in the top priority groups for vaccination (which includes pharmacy and locums). A recent letter from Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England Keith Ridge, along with the other Chief officers, highlights the importance of getting vaccinated and encourages Health and Social Care workers to take up the vaccine as soon as it is offered to them. Delaying your chance, to try and access a specific brand of vaccine for example, puts you and yours at risk for longer, is no guarantee, and just puts you in a much larger pool of people as other cohorts are added and booking options currently available to you, as a H&SC professional, are switched off.
GPs across the region have also filmed an important message in multiple languages to encourage vaccine confidence. The playlist can be found on the Humber, Coast and Vale YouTube channel here.
Pharmacy staff C-19 vaccination via the National Booking System:
To support healthcare workers, including community pharmacy staff, and community based social care workers to receive their COVID-19 vaccination, they now have the option to book their vaccination appointments in a vaccination centre or community pharmacy through the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Service. Staff can book online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.
As part of the booking process, eligible staff need to self-declare they are a health or social care worker, and they will be asked for identification and written authorisation when they attend their vaccination appointment.
Via the Trust:
The overall responsibility for vaccinating Health and Social Care workers falls under the local hospital trusts, the responsibility for taking up the option is yours, as such, information has been shared with pharmacies on how to book via the trusts:
Hull & ER pharmacies (including locums) via HUTH: Can use the forms sent by email on 22nd Jan from Madeleine Bolton, this will generate an option to book a vaccine once completed and returned.
NL & NEL pharmacies (including locums) via NLAG: Can book via the link sent by email on 3rd February.
Alternatively locums can take advantage of the PDA portal which is officially recognised by NHSE: Click here for more info.
The trusts processes, above, do not interfere with any impromptu local opportunities that you may be able to access from individual CCGs, or individual PCN vaccination sites that reach out to use up vaccines before they expire. Keep close to your PCN lead pharmacist’s comms, and comms coming into your NHS shared mailbox, also assess your staff’s risk/need and willingness to be vaccinated just in case you get asked at short notice. In addition, it is worth occasionally checking the link circulated previously for the Humber trust site for availability, it is a part time site dependant on when it gets a vaccine supply, you are welcome but be prepared to prove your identity and health staff status at all sites.
Additionally, the Hull City Hall mass vaccination site can be accessed through the NBS, appointments are released in batches so keep checking. The link for the York mass vaccination site has been circulated previously to those eligible.
Community pharmacy Local Vaccination Sites (LVS) are now running, and running well, in Scunthorpe and Grimsby with further locations around Grimsby and then Hull going live over the coming weeks, they can all vaccinate H&SC staff and will be bookable via the NBS, there may also be local comms as they go live to get momentum going, watch for it.
If you have misplaced the links/documents please do not phone the office, email email@example.com from your NHS email address, we will only be able to share the information using secure means.
Please see below the latest operational guidance you will have received previously from NHSE&I. In short it details how NHS trusts will take the lead for vaccination of all health and care workers, but subject to local arrangements, PCN/community pharmacy designated vaccination sites may also vaccinate staff. CCGs will take the lead in ensuring primary care staff are included. We will continue our conversations with the CCG’s and keep you informed of developments within our area.