Update 1 October 2021

COVID-19 booster vaccination for frontline health and social care workers

The COVID-19 vaccination national booking system is now open for frontline health and social care staff to book a booster vaccine appointment if it has been 6 months since your second dose.

Who's eligible

The booster is available to people who have now reached 180 days from the date of their second vaccination and within specific groups. This includes staff who are in a frontline role and are in direct contact with those who need social care support, as stated in the government’s Green Book.

If you had your first vaccine as a health and care or support worker, you are eligible again this time.

Book your appointment

Eligible staff can book your appointment online or by calling 119.

Please don’t worry that the online information says wait to be invited. You should regard this communication as your invite. You do not need to be contacted individually by the NHS.

You can only get your booster if it has been 180 days (6 months) since your second vaccination. You will not be able to use the national booking system until you are at 6 months. For example, if your second dose was in April you will be able to book at some point in October.

The COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine can be given at the same time but in most cases it will not be offered at the same time. Therefore, if you are eligible for both vaccines, please get each as soon as you are eligible or invited.

Eligible frontline social care or health care workers in England

Eligible frontline health care workers

This means you have direct contact with people at higher risk from coronavirus.

For example:

  • you work in a clinical role - such as a doctor, nurse, allied health professional or health care support worker
  • you have contact with patients in a non-clinical role - such as a receptionist or porter
  • you work in a hospital laboratory, mortuary, or a funeral home

Frontline Social Care Workers

This means you currently work in a care home for older or working age adults or you provide face-to-face care or support to individuals at higher risk from COVID-19 (adults or children who are clinically extremely vulnerable or those over the age of 16 who are clinically vulnerable to COVID-19).

For example:

  • you're employed to provide personal care or work in any support roles, such as cook, housekeeping, cleaning, maintenance, including as a volunteer, in a residential care home
  • you are a registered professional in social care - such as a social worker, therapist or nurse
  • you work providing care for people in their homes or in community services such as home care, supported living, shared lives, extra care and day care services, or you are employed as a personal assistant

Health and Social Care Workers aged 16 to 17 ¾ years

As outlined in the Green Book and protocol for the administration of Pfizer vaccine Health and Social Care Workers aged 16 to 17 should receive 2 doses as part of the main roll out. Then Health and Social Care Workers aged 16 and over who have direct contact with patients, clients or service users are eligible to receive a third dose booster vaccination. Please speak to your employer if you’re not sure.

Other people who are eligible

Some staff may be eligible for the booster because of other government criteria that they may individually meet, such as age or those who are clinically vulnerable.

What evidence you need to give

As part of the booking process, you will need to self-declare you are a frontline health or social care worker. You may need to explain the role/work that you do and give the name of your employer.

When booking, you will be told what evidence you will need to provide at the vaccination site as proof of employment.

We understand that this will be one of the following:

  • an ID badge with your photo
  • a recent letter, from the last 3 months, from your line-manager - use our letter template
  • a recent payslip, from the last 3 months - that shows your employment

You will only be vaccinated if official proof is presented.

We recommend that if you are eligible, to please go ahead and get your COVID-19 booster vaccination. We also urge everyone eligible to take up the jab if they haven’t already to protect those they care for, themselves and those they work alongside. It’s also important we do all we can to stay safe and continue to follow government guidance around ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’.

Thank you for your ongoing dedication and care they give to all our residents needing care and support.

Community based social care workers included as eligible

Staff working in care homes for older and younger adults

Example of roles in scope:

  • all roles in these settings
  • staff in these settings are eligible for boosters irrespective of whether they provide face to face care or not following statutory changes - vaccination as a condition for deployment

Those working for social care providers undertaking face to face personal care.

These roles involve directly working with people who need care and support.

Example of roles in scope:

  • Care worker
  • Personal Assistant
  • Rehabilitation, reablement, enablement worker
  • Shared lives carer
  • Supported living carer

Frontline supervisors/team leaders within social care organisations who have direct contact with clients

Example of roles in scope:

  • Team leader or supervisor
  • Specialist coordinator, such as Dementia or end of life care coordinator

Regulated professionals working for the local authority or other social care provider.

These roles require the worker to hold relevant qualifications and to be registered with a regulated body to practice.

Example of roles in scope:

      • Social worker
      • Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP)
      • Occupational Therapist
      • Nurse including nursing associate
      • Counsellor

      Those working for the local authority or other social care organisation providing support services, but not personal care, and who have direct contact with clients/people who need support

      Example of roles in scope:

      • those in ancillary roles within non-residential settings such as:

        • Cook or Kitchen Assistant
        • Housekeeping or domestic worker
        • Driver
        • Maintenance / Adaptations Handyman
      • those in advisory roles such as:
        • Housing support
        • Social care prescriber/Care Navigator
        • Welfare / Advocacy Rights Advisor
        • Employment Advisor

      Volunteers with direct patient/client/public contact

      Example of roles in scope:

      • in care settings or homeless settings
      • food banks
      • vaccination volunteers

      Currently not eligible

      The following, are currently not eligible:

      • Social care workers working with children who are not at high risk from COVID-19, for example in early years education as a childminder or nursery nurse or with vulnerable children (SEND or Looked After Children) who are not clinically vulnerable to COVID-19
      • Administrative staff who do not have any direct contact, including social contact, with clients and who work in settings other than care homes
      • people who are unpaid carers and those providing home help, such as shopping or cleaning

      Update September 2021

      Mandatory vaccinations for people who work in care homes

      From 11 November 2021, all care home workers, and anyone entering a care home for work or volunteering, will need to be fully vaccinated, unless they are exempt under new government regulations.

      The requirement applies to care home staff as a wide range of people not based in a care home may need to enter a care home as part of their work. This includes public servants including visiting healthcare professionals or social care workers, as well as those delivering non-care services such as hairdressing, maintenance, or activities.

      To make sure you can get both doses in time you need to have your first vaccination by Thursday 16 September. Vaccinations can be booked online or by calling 119. Walk-in vaccinations are also available everyday in Brighton & Hove without the need to book in advance.

      Find information on the Covid vaccination programme in Sussex.

      Update 6 August

      Brighton & Hove City Council Care Setting risk assessment of staff with contact of a Covid-19 case

      Read guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care. It states that frontline NHS and social care staff can attend work rather than self-isolate with testing mitigations in exceptional circumstances

      Read our guidance and download a local risk assessment for Brighton & Hove City Council staff. Providers must complete the risk assessment and send it to Publichealth@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

      For more information go to our Visiting care homes page.