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Information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme for social care staff and people using care services.  Includes information to encourage people to take up the vaccine. See related information on Testing and care.

COVID-19 vaccination programme§

Adult social care in England monthly statistics – 13 May 2021 - DHSC

First set of official statistics on social care and covid including information on:

  • Vaccination in social care settings
  • Infection control measures in care homes
  • Covid testing in care homes


COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a – updated 15 April 2021 - PHE

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination information for public health professionals. Updated to incorporate recommendations for phase 2 of the programme and additional information on the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine.


COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting – Updated 13 April 2021 - DHSC

Information on the benefits and risks of the COVID-19 vaccination.


National protocol for COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna – 8 April 2021 - DHSC

This protocol is for the administration of COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna to individuals in accordance with the national COVID-19 vaccination programme.


COVID-19 vaccines have prevented 10,400 deaths in older adults – 8 April 2021 - PHE

PHE analysis suggests the UK COVID-19 vaccination programme has so far prevented thousands of deaths in those aged 60 and above.


COVID-19 vaccination programme – updated 08 April 2021 - PHE

PHE and DHSC documents relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme. This web collection is being updated on a regular basis.


Standard operating procedure: COVID-19 local vaccination services deployment in community settings – updated 26 March 2021 – NHSEI

This standard operating procedure describes the operating model and design requirements for safe delivery of COVID-19 vaccines in the community.


COVID-19 vaccines: Frequently asked questions answered by Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam – 12 March 2021 - DHSC

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, answers questions about safety, efficacy and other issues related to COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccination: what to expect after vaccination – 11 March 2021 – Public Health England

Information and promotional resources for people who have had their first COVID-19 vaccination.


New data show vaccines reduce severe COVID-19 in older adults – 11 March 2021 – Public Health England

New data show both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca reduce severe COVID-19 in older adults.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination statistics, plans and documentation - DHSC
This page brings together COVID-19 vaccination programme-related documents published by DHSC, and vaccination statistics published by other bodies.

UK COVID-19 vaccine uptake plan – 13 February 2021 - DHSC

This plan sets out the government’s approach to making sure everyone has the opportunity to get vaccinated, the information they need to make an informed decision, and that no one is left behind. It includes information about encouraging uptake across the social care workforce.

Care staff and people using services§

Legislation to mandate covid vaccine: CPA letter to Member of the House of Lords – Push the pause button – 17 July 2021 - CPA

The Care Provider Alliance has written to members of the House of Lords, asking them to ‘push the pause button’ on the legislation to mandate covid vaccine for care home staff which will be in debated in the Lords on 20 July 2021.

We are “writing to confirm that while we are strongly in favour of vaccination for social care staff and recognise the benefits and the extremely low risks of this, we have concerns. We ask that you carefully consider our concerns and push the pause button on this piece of legislation until you are completely satisfied that you have all the facts before you.”


Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of deployment in CQC-regulated care homes – 16 June 2021 – DHSC

Following a consultation, the Government will bring forward regulations to make Covid-19 vaccination a condition of deployment for any individual working in a CQC-regulated care home providing nursing or personal care in England, subject to exemptions.

The regulations will require care home providers to deploy only staff who have received a complete course of their COVID-19 vaccination in line with government guidance, unless they are medically exempt. They will apply to all workers employed directly by the care home or care home provider (on a full-time or part-time basis), those employed by an agency and deployed by the care home, and volunteers deployed in the care home. It will include those providing direct care and those coming into care homes to do other work, for example healthcare workers, tradespeople, CQC inspector and hairdressers and beauticians.

Regulations will be laid before Parliament at the earliest opportunity. If approved by Parliament, there will be a minimum of a 16-week grace period from when the regulations are made to when they come into force to enable staff who haven’t been vaccinated to take up the vaccine.


Making vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homes: translations – Updated 17 May 2021 - DHSC

DHSC are seeking views on a proposal to make COVID-19 vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homes.

Closing date for consultation: 11.45pm Monday 24 May 2021


Care staff and COVID-19 vaccination: webinar 21 May 2021 - DHSC

Ask questions about safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Book DHSC webinar 21 May 2021


Testing in adult day care centres – 10 May 2021

NHS Test and Trace is offering PCR and rapid Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) to adult day care centre staff and service users in England.

Eligible day care centres are those that are open and run by paid day care staff. Services must be for adults over 18 and provided within non-residential care settings that support the health and wellbeing of adults. This includes settings such as:

  • purpose-built day care centres
  • day centres attached to or part of a care home or supported living
  • other buildings in communities specifically used for regular adult day care

Weekly PCR and twice weekly LFTs, 3-4 days apart, should be undertaken by all staff and volunteers working regularly in these centres, as well as private transport staff who support service users to attend.

For accessible instructions on lateral flow testing, please refer to the rapid lateral flow home test instructions.

For further day care guidance please click here.


Consultation on mandatory vaccination for staff in older people’s care homes (closing date 21 May)

The government is running a consultation on making Covid vaccination a condition of work for people who are deployed in older people’s care homes.  The consultation will seek views on the proposal, its scope, any potential impact it could have on staffing and safety as well as how it is implemented and who could be exempt.

Staff, providers, stakeholders, residents and their families are being urged to take part to have their views heard with a final decision expected this summer.

Letter from Stuart Miller, Director of Adult Social Care Delivery, DHSC 

Statement from Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care


National Booking System is to reopen to care workers from 19 April

The self-referral route for frontline eligible health and social care workers will be reinstated on the NBS by 19 April, and local systems are also asked to continue to ensure local provision for all eligible health and care workers verification. All vaccination sites are expected to follow this approach. 

Guidance to support COVID-19 vaccine uptake in frontline staff – updated 12 March 2021 – NHS England

This guidance is aimed at HR Managers, but may also be of use to other managers.

COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for social care staff – 11 March 2021 - DHSC

Information for frontline health and social care workers on COVID-19 vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccination: guide for healthcare workers – 1 March 2021 - DHSC

Information for frontline healthcare workers on COVID-19 vaccination.

COVID-19 Vaccination e-learning –updated 26 February 2021- HEE

The e-learning programme is designed to provide the health and care workforce involved in the national COVID-19 vaccination programme with the knowledge they need to confidently promote high uptake of the vaccine and deliver the vaccine programme effectively.

COVID-19 vaccination: consent form and letter for social care staff – Updated 26 January 2021 – Public Health England

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination consent form and letter templates for social care staff. Added letter template for frontline social care staff.

COVID-19 vaccination: consent forms and letters for care home residents – updated 17 December 2020 - PHE

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination consent forms and letter templates for care home residents.

Standard operating procedure: COVID-19 vaccine deployment programme hospital hub: care home staff – 7 December 2020 – NHS England

This standard operating procedure (SOP) describes the process hospital hub providers and care home providers should follow in identifying priority staff, providing them with information, scheduling, administering and capturing data in order to safely provide COVID-19 vaccination to them. 


Special groups, including vaccine hesitancy§

Over 4 in 5 people who were hesitant would now take Covid-19 vaccine – 24 March 21 – University College London

More than four in five (86%) people who were unsure or said no to a Covid-19 vaccine in December 2020 would now take one, or have already been vaccinated, find the latest research by UCL’s Virus Watch Study.

COVID-19 vaccine and severe mental illness – updated March 2021 – Equally Well UK

A guide for people with severe mental illness and their carers on what to expect from the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Health charities back vaccines drive for those at risk – 14 March 2021- DHSC

People with underlying conditions including cancer, diabetes and heart disease are encouraged to come forward for a Covid-19 vaccine by leading UK health charities.

Vaccination and mental capacity – Updated February 2021 - Essex Chambers  

This guidance may be helpful when considering vaccination for supported people who may be concerned and at paragraph 22 section 1V in Hayden J’s finding, which is reproduced  about half-way through  this blog, an interesting aspect arises to do with what happens when all the staff and all but one of the residents in a home have been vaccinated.

Pregnancy and Covid vaccination: JCVI guidance – Updated 6 January 2021 - JCVI

The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) has revised its recommendations on giving the COVID vaccine to women who are (a) pregnant, (b) breastfeeding or (c) trying to conceive. The updated position now advises that breastfeeding women can receive the vaccine and that women do not need to avoid pregnancy after receiving the vaccine. Additionally, pregnant women who have high risk of exposure to COVID or who are at very high risk of serious complications if they caught COVID-19 may be considered for vaccination, provided they discuss the risks and benefits with a clinician.

Vaccination, consent, and capacity in a care setting: How to decide? – updated 16 December 2020 - QCS

Information about decision-making for both people who have capacity and those who lack capacity.

Who cannot have the vaccine – 15 December 2020 - DHSC

The vaccines do not contain living organisms, and so are safe for people with disorders of the immune system. These people may not respond so well to the vaccine. A very small number of people who are at risk of COVID-19 cannot have the vaccine – this includes people who have severe allergies. Women of childbearing age, those who are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding should read the detailed information available on NHS.UK.

COVID-19 vaccines have prevented thousands of deaths in older adults, new data shows – 25 March 2021 - PHE

Analysis carried out by Public Health England suggests that the COVID-19 vaccination programme prevented 6,100 deaths in England up to the end of February 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Vaccine – Mencap

A range of resources for people with learning disabilities and their families, including easy-read guides.

COVID-19 vaccine – The Challenging Behaviour Foundation

Information about the COVID-19 vaccine for families of individuals with severe learning disabilities, and advice on how to help them to reach informed decisions about vaccination. The guide covers the vaccine itself, deciding if vaccination is appropriate, and how to access support and ensure that a vaccine is administered in a way most suitable to the individual with severe learning disabilities

Communication resources§

COVID-19 vaccination and Ramadan: healthcare and community settings posters – Updated 12 April 2021

Information and promotional resources to support the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme. Change made: Added COVID-19 vaccination and Ramadan posters.

COVID-19 vaccine communications toolkit – Updated 16 March 2021- DHSC

The DHSC Covid-19 communications toolkit includes a suite of creative content assets for organisations to use about the covid vaccine. The toolkit includes a series of videos on issues such as:

  • Vaccine safety, risks and ingredients
  • Be ready to be called for your vaccine
  • Vaccine prioritisation
  • The regulator’s critical role
  • Vaccine safety and testing
  • How the vaccine works.
  • Encouraging uptake of vaccine for BAME communities
  • Encouraging uptake of vaccine for the social care workforce

It also includes copy to support sharing the videos on social posts or websites; Vaccine facts cards for social media with social copy - covering key information on the vaccines.

DHSC will be updating and adding to this toolkit regularly and also signposts people to PHE's campaign resource centre where more helpful vaccine related resources will be available as and when they are ready.

Information about COVID-19 vaccines – Updated January 2021 - DHSC

Many of the resources on COVID have now been translated into a range of languages (plus some in English large print and BSL):

Guide for older adults

Why you are being asked to wait

A guide for social care staff

What to expect after covid 19 vaccination

Vaccination and pregnancy

COVID-19: letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people