Vaccinations for frontline social care staff and volunteers
Surrey County Council is co-ordinating the roll out of Covid-19 vaccinations to frontline social care staff – known nationally as cohort 2.
The County Council has asked VARB to help identify any frontline social care workers (employed or volunteers) who are now eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine.
The government definition is “All frontline social care workers directly working with people clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 who need care and support”.
In the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector this could for example include staff or volunteers who are:
- directly working with people clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 to provide a befriending services, to run a dementia café or day centre,
- delivering meals into people’s homes who are clinically vulnerable to Covid-19,
- driving people who are clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 to medical appointments, or
- active volunteers in a homeless service.
Further guidance is available on these slides (click here for link) which help to explain eligibility.
Although many in the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector will be doing really important resident facing work, unfortunately you may not fit the definition of “frontline social care workers directly working with people clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 who need care and support”. This is part of the government’s roll out of the vaccine to priority groups and it’s important that we adhere to this definition for eligibility.
If you believe staff and/or volunteers in your organisation do match the definition, please contact VARB via firstname.lastname@example.org to request a registration form. The registration form should be completed and sent through to Surrey County Council. On receipt of your response, the Council will send the named person in your organisation a link to the booking platform to enable eligible staff to book their Covid-19 vaccination at one of the hospital hubs.
If you have any queries about eligibility, related to social care staff and volunteers, please contact email@example.com.
Vaccination Scams and FAQs
Please be aware of a scam using texts and emails, which has been reported in the media. A person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment via a link, which takes them to a fake NHS form asking for their bank details to prove their identity. Please note that the vaccination for Covid-19 is an NHS service and will be free.
A series of frequently asked questions about the vaccination programme is available here. A useful leaflet with lots of information about the vaccination is also available in this link COVID-19 – Protection for social care staff (publishing.service.gov.uk). Please make these available to any eligible staff.