Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at local vaccination centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres. More centres are opening all the time. Vaccination teams are also going into care homes to vaccinate those who can’t go to other services.

The NHS is calling people who fall into the priority groups to book appointments.

Further information on who is currently eligible to book a vaccine, can be found on the NHS website.

Why you have to wait for your COVID-19 vaccine - GOV.UK website

You can really help the NHS deliver this effectively to those who need it most.

  1. Unless you are eligible to use the National Booking Service, please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, the NHS will contact you when it is the right time. You can check if you are currently eligible to use the National Booking Service on the NHS website.
  2. The NHS asks you to act on your invite when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them.
  3. The NHS asks you to continue abiding by all the social distancing, wearing of face masks and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.

Please be aware of coronavirus vaccine scams. Further information is available here.

Planning your journey to your COVID-19 vaccination appointment

There are a number of community transport schemes and taxi firms available to help with transport to vaccination appointments. Please click on the link below to enter your details and find out about transport options available to you.

The form above will take you through to the options available in your local area or direct you to support if you need help to pay for transport to your appointment.

If you need help completing the form, call us on 0345 045 5219 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and we can help you to identify the transport options in your area.

Caring Together is providing free support for carers to attend their COVID-19 vaccination. Find out more on the Caring Together website.

Social Care Staff and Personal Assistants

Help protect yourself. Get your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can.

This has been the most challenging 12 months many of us can remember. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, our clinical and scientific colleagues have been working around the clock to develop a vaccine to help stop the spread of the virus. Following extensive trials, two safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are now available, with a third approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) and expected to be available later in the year.

As a colleague working in frontline health or social care – including those working in the independent and voluntary sector, contracted services, and students and trainees on placements - you are at greater risk of exposure to COVID-19, which is why you are among the first groups to be offered the vaccine.

Frontline social care staff are now eligible to have the vaccine. You can book via the National Booking Service on the NHS website.

Ensuring our fantastic staff are kept safe is an extremely high priority for us, but in addition to that, by getting the vaccine you can protect yourself from the virus so you can continue to be there for your family, friends, and those you care for.

As with any medicine, COVID-19 vaccines have gone through strict approval processes. The MHRA have assessed both vaccines that are available and approved them for use because they have a good safety record and are highly effective, with both vaccines offering a high level of protection from illness from two weeks after the first dose. The vaccines cannot give you coronavirus and will help keep you well if you come into contact with it – meaning you can continue to be there for the people that need us at this incredibly difficult time.

Your employer or a local vaccination team will make arrangements to ensure 100% of eligible staff are able to get vaccinated. If you haven’t had an invite yet, please talk your employer or get in touch using the email provided below.

The vaccine is our best defence against this virus, and the key to a return to normal life. It is important to remember that until more people are vaccinated, and the virus is in retreat, we must maintain our efforts to keep ourselves and those we work with safe. Even if you have been vaccinated, it is crucial that we all continue to follow all of the guidance on preventing the spread of the virus in the workplace, and outside of it.

As people who work directly with some of those who are most vulnerable, we have a collective duty both to protect ourselves for their sake, and to lead by example.

So please join us in taking this important step and get your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are invited to. Thank you for your continued hard work for those who count on us.

Please email: Vaccinations.CV19@cambridgeshire.gov.uk if you have any questions or concerns.

Unpaid carers

Unpaid carers are identified as a priority group and are now eligible to receive the vaccine.

In line with the national guidance, eligibility for adult carers is for those who are:

… eligible for carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable.”

Those clinically vulnerable to COVID include:

  • children with severe neuro-disabilities
  • those who are designated Clinically Extremely vulnerable (CEV)
  • adults who have underlying health conditions who make them more vulnerable to COVID
  • those who need care because of advanced age.

Examples

  • Someone who cares for a person who is vulnerable to COVID, provides close personal care or is the sole or primary carer.
  • An adult family member or friend providing daily face-to-face care to a person who, because of their advanced age, requires support but is still living in their own home.
  • A person caring for an adult with Down’s Syndrome.
  • A parent/foster parent caring for a young person who is receiving Personal Independence Payments (PIP) because of a severe neuro-disability.
  • Any adult providing supplementary unpaid care to an older person who is self-funding their own care package, for example through a domiciliary care agency.
  • Two siblings who equally share and provide 24-hour care to an older person with dementia in addition to their own family and work commitments. If either sibling was to fall ill, the other would not be able to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the older person. Both siblings would be considered the primary carer.

Carers known to Government and local health and care services are already being contacted to book an appointment.

Carers who are not known to health and care services and therefore have not been contacted directly to arrange a vaccination appointment, now have a route to check if they are eligible and apply for a vaccination appointment.

You can check your eligibility via the National Booking Service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination, or by ringing 119, to complete a short application process to determine if they are eligible to book a vaccination appointment.