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COVID-19 vaccination priority groups

The COVID-19 vaccination programme for Derby and Derbyshire is following the priority order which is set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). 

The NHS are leading the vaccination programme, more information is available from Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

Eligibility

The priority order has been developed by the JCVI based on clinical evidence gathered during the pandemic. This prioritises groups of people in order to minimise loss of life and to ensure health and social care systems can continue to operate safely.

The NHS has published a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) which guides local authorities and NHS partners in how the vaccination programme should be managed. This contains some useful information about which staff are eligible and how the programme will be rolled out.

The initial focus of the vaccination programme has been people aged 80 and over, priority NHS staff in direct contact with patients, older people who live in care homes and staff who work in care homes for older people.

The next cohort of people to be prioritised includes some frontline health and social care workers who were not included in the first group. This priority group is known as cohort 2 under the JCVI guidance.

Not all frontline social care roles are included. The focus will be on people working closely with clinically extremely vulnerable adults and children, for example those supporting people directly with their personal care. The conditions which are included in this definition are as follows:

  • chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma
  • chronic heart disease (and vascular disease)
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease
  • chronic neurological disease including epilepsy
  • Down's Syndrome
  • severe and profound learning disability
  • diabetes
  • solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients
  • people with specific cancers
  • immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
  • asplenia and splenic dysfunction
  • morbid obesity
  • severe mental illness

What we are doing in Derby and Derbyshire

We are working closely with colleagues in the NHS who are managing the vaccination programme in order to identify people who meet the eligibility criteria, this includes organisations in the private, voluntary and independent care sector.

If you're a provider of social care services, we appreciate that you'll want to ensure that your staff are vaccinated as soon as possible. You may be aware of different arrangements elsewhere in the country. We can assure you that we are working to get priority groups in Derby and Derbyshire vaccinated as quickly as it is practical to do so. We're working with NHS colleagues to provide vaccination clinic availability in a number of places in Derbyshire in order to make sure this happens.

COVID-19 vaccination rollout for unpaid carers in Derbyshire

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is progressing in Derbyshire. Qualifying unpaid carers under 65 are being called up for vaccination.

The NHS National Booking System allows eligible unpaid carers to book an appointment online for a vaccination. If you need help to book an appointment you can tel: 119.

NHS and GP surgeries have been contacting eligible carers to provide information and encourage them to book an appointment. It's important carers take advantage of the opportunity to be vaccinated to protect themselves and those who depend on them.

Due to a reduction in vaccine supplies which is expected to continue throughout April 2021, the NHS National Booking System has been temporarily suspended to eligible unpaid carers who are self-identifying. We'll update our information once vaccine supplies are restored and carers can again self-identify as a carer and book a vaccination.

Eligible carers

Eligible carers are those who are:

  • receiving support following a carers assessment by Derbyshire Carers Association or Derbyshire County Council Adult Social Care and Health
  • the sole or primary carer who provides close personal care or face-to-face support for an elderly or disabled person who is clinically vulnerable to COVID-19, this includes children with severe neuro-disabilities, those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, adults who have underlying health conditions and those who need care because of advanced age
  • in receipt of, or entitled to Carers Allowance
  • known and registered as a carer with their GP practice (sometimes referred to as having a 'carers flag' on your primary care record)

Carers in Derbyshire have further information about eligibility.

The Joined Up Care Derbyshire website also has information about the vaccine rollout in Derbyshire.

Carers in Derbyshire are advised to register online with Derbyshire Carers Association, who provide information, advice and support for carers of all ages on all aspects of caring. They can also provide advice and information to carers about eligibility for the vaccine You can also:

Social care providers

The first group of organisations to be vaccinated (cohort 1), which included care homes, will have received a notification and other information from the relevant local authority explaining eligibility, and details of how to book vaccinations for residents and staff.

If you fit into any of the following categories, staff who are working with clinically extremely vulnerable people are now also eligible for vaccinations as part of cohort 2:

  • domiciliary care and home care agency (including extra care provider)
  • supported living provider (adults)
  • community opportunities (day care) provider
  • personal assistants
  • staff working in residential children’s homes
  • foster carers and shared lives carers
  • care givers for children who are clinically extremely vulnerable within educational settings

It's important that workers continue to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves, colleagues and the individuals who they work with as much as they are able, particularly as the number of reported cases are currently very high.

Leadership: preparing for the vaccination programme

If you're a provider of frontline health and social care you should prepare now for the vaccination programme:

  • check if your organisation or any people within your organisation are eligible for a vaccine by checking NHS guidance or by contacting the relevant covid vaccination team, for Derbyshire email: covid.vaccinations@derbyshire.gov.uk or for Derby City email: ddccg.voc@nhs.net
  • draw up a list of your team members and/or employees, their job role, and prioritise those staff in terms of their contact with clinically extremely vulnerable people in line with the JCVI guidance
  • the relevant covid vaccination team will make providers aware of the available clinics in their local area and what the arrangements are so that people can be directed to the most appropriate centre
  • staff will need to have their NHS number to hand when registering for a vaccination appointment, if people can't find their NHS number more details can be found on the NHS.UK website

It's crucial to the success of the vaccination roll out to prepare your staff to accept their vaccination appointments when they are offered.

You can promote the vaccination programme in the following ways:

  • speak positively about the benefits of vaccination
  • promote publicity materials
  • answer your colleagues' questions and address their concerns
  • allow staff to have their vaccination during work time, where practical
  • where some of your workers have already accessed the vaccine, and others remain unsure, encourage them to talk to their peers
  • if you're eligible to do so, have your own vaccination and demonstrate this to your staff

Further information

Further information about the vaccine, including its safety and effectiveness and how it provides the best available protection from COVID-19 is available on the links on this page.

More information about the vaccination programme is available from Joined Up Care Derbyshire. If you have any questions you can contact: