The NHS in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has made an excellent start to rolling out COVID-19 vaccines, with many of our over 80s, care home staff and residents and at risk health and care staff having already received the vaccine. Over the coming weeks more at risk people will be invited to come forward as the supply of the vaccine increases
Frontline health and care workers, who provide direct care for patients will be invited for a vaccine over the coming weeks and months. Similar to the NHS, we are asking all providers to risk assess their staff to identify those who are most at risk first. These are likely to be prioritised for the vaccine.
The national definition for frontline health and care workers is below:
- Staff working on the vaccination programme
- Staff who have frequent face-to-face contact with patients and who are directly involved in patient care in either secondary or primary care, mental health, urgent and emergency care and community settings
- Laboratory, pathology and mortuary staff
- Those working for a sub-contracted provider of facilities services such as portering or cleaning
- Temporary, locum or ‘bank’ staff, including those working in the COVID-19 vaccination programme, students, trainees and volunteers who are working with patients
- Frontline social care workers directly working with vulnerable people who need care and support irrespective of where they work (for example in hospital, people’s own homes, day centres, or supported housing); or who they are employed by (for example local government, NHS, independent sector or third sector).
- Staff must be over the age of 18 to be eligible
If you believe that staff in your organisation meet the above definition as frontline health and care workers, we ask you to follow the below steps:
- Identify a single point of contact for your organisation that the NHS can liaise with when vaccines are available and share their contact details with us
- Do an assessment within your organisation to identify all your frontline health and care workers, please let us know how many there are
- As part of your assessment, consider who should be prioritised for the vaccine first as this is a gradual roll out
- Ensure you have all their contact details so they can be contacted quickly if we contact you/your single point of contact
Once you have this information, please complete the below form. We will then add you to our contact lists and when the time is right, we will contact you to offer the vaccine.
To complete the staff vaccination form, click here