10 March 2021
The NHS in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent is now able to offer Covid vaccination for all staff in Special Schools.
Since the start of the Covid vaccination programme the NHS in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has followed the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) priority order to ensure that people at greatest risk were vaccinated first. Some staff in Special Schools have been offered Covid vaccination if their roles meet the national definition of frontline health and social care workers. We have had an incredible success with this approach and we now have higher rates of Covid vaccination in vulnerable groups than most other areas of England.
It remains important that we follow the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation priority order. The NHS is now rolling out Covid vaccination to JCVI priority groups 5,6 and 7, which includes informal carers. Recognising that whilst staff in Special Schools may not meet the definition of frontline health and care workers, they have some contact with disabled and vulnerable children in a caring role, we would now like to extend the offer of Covid vaccination to the following staff:
• All staff directly employed by Special Education Needs and Disabilities schools
• All staff directly employed in residential care settings for children and young adults with Special Education Needs and Disabilities.
With most people in the highest risk groups now having received their first dose and vaccine supplies improving we are able to do this without delaying vaccination for vulnerable people.
These staff can book an appointment online https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
Please bring your workplace identification to the vaccination site as proof of eligibility.