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Priority groups for vaccination

The Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland COVID-19 vaccination programme is following the nationally set Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) priority order.

The JCVI priority order has been developed by experts based on evidence to prevent deaths and to maintain health and social care systems.

How the vaccine has been prioritised

This vaccination will be free of charge. Our priority is the vaccination of our front-line social care workforce including providers of social care and some groups of local authority staff, to protect individuals who have the highest risks from COVID-19 infection. It will also help reduce the risk of staff spreading infections to vulnerable people and family members.

A national 'Standard Operating Procedure' (SOP) has been published which sets out how the vaccination of the wider social care workforce should proceed.

All eligible social care organisations will be offered the vaccine imminently as we move through the priority list.

What we are doing

We are prioritising services locally that deliver personal care to people who use services, and that are integral to the efficient discharge of patients from hospital.

We are working to get priority groups vaccinated as quickly as possible.

In line with the first national priority (cohort 1), care home residents and staff are continuing to be offered vaccinations. We are now offering vaccinations to the next and much larger priority group (cohort 2) which includes frontline health and social care workers.

Vaccinations for social care providers

Vaccinations are now progressing with social care organisations following a Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland prioritisation process. If you fall into the first group of organisations to be vaccinated, you will have received a notification from the council of your eligibility, and details of how to book your vaccinations.

If you fit into any of the categories below then you are eligible for vaccinations for your staff:

  • Domiciliary care/home care agency (including extra care provider)
  • Supported living provider
  • Community life choices (day care) provider

If you have not received a notification, or you are not in one of the groups above but would like to know if you are eligible for the vaccine, please contact us as a matter of urgency by submitting our online vaccination questionnaire - you can ask questions at the same time by submitting the form. You can also call us on 0116 3052535 during office hours. Call waiting times might be longer than usual as we deal with a higher number of calls during this time.

Vaccination for personal assistants

If you are a paid social care personal assistant providing care and/or support to a person then you are eligible for a vaccination. All individuals who have a direct payment to pay for a personal assistant will be sent a letter or e-mail, in late January or early February, with information on how to access a vaccine for their personal assistant.

If you employ a personal assistant, or are a personal assistant, and have not received this information, please contact us to register your details by submitting our online vaccination questionnaire - you can ask questions at the same time by submitting the form. You can also call us on 0116 3052535 during office hours. Call waiting times might be longer than usual as we deal with a higher number of calls during this time.

If you are not a paid personal assistant and provide care and support as an informal carer, then at present you are not eligible for a vaccination. Vaccination for informal carers will take place as part of cohort 6 of the JCVI prioritisation model.

Vaccinations for school staff and early years providers

Vaccinations are being made available for some special school staff, but at the moment doesn’t include staff in mainstream schools or early years settings.

The emphasis for the vaccination programme is primarily on those staff who work directly with children who are considered Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) specifically for COVID-19. We will update this page when we have more information on the eligibility for mainstream school and early years staff.

If any settings have staff who work with CEV children please fill in our online vaccination questionnaire.

Preparing your organisation

You can prepare for the vaccination programme:

  • Compile a list of staff, their job role, and prioritise those staff in terms of their personal risks in line with the JCVI guidance.
  • The staff list will also require the staff member’s NHS Number which will be required to register for a vaccination. If you can’t remember your NHS number, you can find more details on the NHS.UK website.
  • Provide staff with a consent form which they will need to take with them when they attend their vaccination appointment.

Preparing your staff

We know that you will want to show leadership with your workers now, to prepare them to accept their vaccination appointments when they are offered.

Please consider the following ideas:

  • Speak positively about the benefits of vaccination
  • Promote publicity materials
  • Answer your colleagues’ questions and address their concerns;
  • Release staff to have their vaccination during work time, where practical
  • Where some of your workers have already accessed the vaccine, and others remain unsure, encourage them to talk to their peers
  • Where offered, have your own vaccination and demonstrate this to your staff

Further information

Information about the vaccine, including its safety and effectiveness and how it provides the best available protection from COVID-19:

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