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COVID-19 vaccine for frontline health and social care employees

Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Who is eligible 
  3. If you think you are eligible
  4. What you need to bring to your appointment
  5. About the vaccine
  6. Contact

Overview

South Tyneside Council is supporting with the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine for people who work in South Tyneside, in some frontline health and social care roles. 

Vaccinations have already started for people in these roles, and should be complete by the middle of February 2021. 

Who is eligible

Eligible roles are split up into the priority groups below. All of these groups in South Tyneside are currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

You are eligible if you work in one of the roles listed below, and are either: 

  • employed directly by South Tyneside Council
  • employed by an external care provider (this could be commissioned providers and other non-commissioned providers)
  • a volunteer, involved in the delivery of social care

Priority one roles

You are eligible if you provide routine up close and personal care to older people (65+).

This includes: 

  • Domiciliary Care
  • Extra Care
  • Personal Assistants
  • Reablement
  • OP Day Services
  • Care Call
  • Occupational Therapy Team
  • Sheltered Housing (internal and external)

Priority two roles

You are eligible if you work with / support vulnerable adults (under 65) or children and young people with clinical conditions.

This includes: 

  • Learning Disability Care Homes
  • Mental Health Care Homes
  • Supported Living / Outreach
  • Adult Social Care Social Work Teams (incl. Children's Disability Team)
  • Emergency Duty Team
  • Shared Lives - Staff and Carers
  • LD/MH Day Services
  • Children's Disability Residential or Short Breaks Services
  • Drug and Alcohol Support Services

Priority three roles

You are eligible if you work in a long-stay care facility where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality.

This includes: 

  • Children's Homes
  • Young People's Supported Accommodation - Internal and External
  • Foster Carers

Priority four roles

You are eligible if you work directly with / support vulnerable children and young people.

This includes: 

  • Children's Social Care Social Workers
  • Early Help Workers
  • Youth Justice Service
  • Family Time
  • Leaving Care Service
  • SEND Support Officers
  • Educational Psychology Service
  • Adopt North East
  • HIVE Service
  • Health Visitors
  • School Nurses

Priority five roles

You are eligible if you have non-routine or shorter-term contact with vulnerable children or adults.

This includes: 

  • Housing Repairs
  • Homelessness Team
  • Housing Officers
  • Adult Social Care Financial Assessments Team
  • Welfare Assistance
  • Court of Protection
  • Adult Safeguarding
  • Independent Reviewing Officers
  • Refuge services
  • Wider voluntary and community sector (VCS) groups
  • Funeral Directors
  • Funeral Officiants

If you think you are eligible 

If you are in any of the groups above, you should have already been contacted with instructions on how to book your vaccination appointment. 

If you think you are eligible and have not been contacted, contact Lesley Carlisle: 

Email: Lesley.Carlisle@southtyneside.gov.uk

Phone: 0191 424 6175

What you need to bring to your appointment

When you attend your vaccination appointment, you need to bring with you:

  • a physical copy of the notice of eligibility for vaccination from the local authority which your employer will provide
  • your work identity badge or another form of photo ID
  • a copy of your vaccination consent form - you may be asked to complete it there, although there is no requirement for written consent for vaccination (do not send completed consent forms to any third party, who are not authorised to process this data)

About the vaccine

For information about COVID-19 vaccine, go the the NHS website:

NHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

Vaccinations will take place at Nightingale Hospital Washington.

More information:

Contact

If you work in a frontline health and social care role and have queries about the vaccine, contact Lesley Carlisle: 

Email: Lesley.Carlisle@southtyneside.gov.uk

Phone: 0191 424 6175

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