COVID-19 Boosters for frontline health and social care workers – update October 2021
The Covid-19 booster programme for health and social care workers In Surrey Heartlands (Northwest Surrey, Guildford and Waverley, East Surrey and Surrey Downs areas) is launching.
The programme will be rolled out to the same priority groups as previously. This means care home residents, health and social care workers, people aged over 50, those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, adult carers, and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals will be prioritised.
Therefore, Health Care Workers in Primary Care, Independent, Voluntary, Charity, NHS Commissioned Services, Social Care and their supporting organisations will now be able to book to get their booster vaccine at a Local Vaccination Service (Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Centres (surreyheartlandsccg.nhs.uk)) or a Community Pharmacy.
Residential Care Home Staff will be offered the booster at the same time as Care Home residents and this programme will be led by the GP Federation.
This approach is based on recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and aims to prolong the protection the vaccination provides against Covid-19 ahead of the winter months.
To book an appointment please use the following methods based on your location (your NHS Number will be required):
• East Surrey - Alliance for Better Care (ABC) Please complete the self-service form using the following web-link: ABC Webform (a text will then be sent allowing you to book an appointment once registered)
• North West Surrey - North West Surrey Integrated Care Service (NICS) Please complete the self-service form using the following web-link: NICS Webform (a text will then be sent allowing you to book an appointment once registered)
• Guildford and Waverley - ProCare Please call ProCare to make an appointment on 01483 362 522
• Surrey Downs - please see details below:
- Epsom, Leatherhead or Banstead - contact GP Health Partners on 01372 232 001
- East Elmbridge - contact Emberbrook Health Centre on 020 8187 1361
- Ewell – contact Fitznells Vaccination Centre on 01372 724 434
- Dorking – contact the GP surgery in which you are registered
Health and Social Care Workers also have the option to book their COVID-19 booster vaccinations through the National Booking Service (Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk) or by ringing 119.
Frequently asked questions
A series of FAQs have produced specifically for booster vaccinations, visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions webpage for more FAQs relating to the vaccination programme.
Visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Updates page to find out the latest news and updates about the Vaccination Programme in Surrey Heartlands.
All those eligible can receive their booster from six months after their second doses. This approach will allow more vulnerable people to be given their boosters quicker.
- Care home residents
- Front line health and social care workers -
- Healthcare staff and social care workers/volunteers providing direct care and treatment, including those who have face-to-face contact and provide physical care or treatment.
- Non-clinical healthcare staff, including those who come into contact with the personal belongings, physical tissue or body fluids of patients, residents or clients. This also includes domestic staff, porters, catering, laundry and receptionists or ward clerks.
- Healthcare laboratory and pathology staff, including those who frequently handle SARS-CoV-2 or potentially infected items, for example, laboratory staff and those that handle items coming to the lab such as porters and lab receptionists.
- Social care staff in long-stay care facilities, including those who work in long-stay (over 8 weeks) residential and nursing care homes, for example, domestic staff, porters, catering, laundry and receptionists.
- Frontline funeral operatives aged 16 years and over including those staff who handle, assist in the removal of, or have direct contact with the deceased’s remains or personal belongings, may routinely have close contact with the deceased within the funeral home setting or those who routinely clean areas that come into direct contact with the deceased (for example surfaces where the deceased have been stored or otherwise handled) and private ambulances or similar vehicles used to transport the deceased.
- People aged over 50
- Those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19.
- Adult carers, and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals will be prioritised.
- Yes. As part of the booking process, staff will need to self-declare verbally that they are a frontline health or social care worker when checking in at the vaccination site by confirming that:
- you are a frontline health or social care worker, as identified by the Green Book;
- the type of role/work you do; and
- the name of your employer/voluntary organisation.
- Staff are also asked to provide as proof of employment as an eligible health or social care worker using one of the following (further advice may be given when making a booking):
- A workplace photo ID;
- A recent letter from your employer/voluntary organisation (past three months) or
- A recent payslip which shows your employer/role as a volunteer (past three months).
- Staff will only be vaccinated if one of these forms of official proof is presented. These ID requirements also apply to individuals who are vaccinated via a walk-in clinic if available.
The move will ensure the protection vaccines provide for those most at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 will be maintained over the winter months. Data published by ONS yesterday shows people who haven’t been vaccinated account for around 99% of all deaths involving COVID-19 in England in the first half of this year.
The JCVI has also advised that the flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be co-administered. The NHS will now consider where it’s appropriate for co-administration to be used to support the roll-out of both programmes and where waiting to deliver one vaccine does not unduly delay administration of the other. It is important people take up the offer of both vaccines when they receive it, so people are encouraged to get both vaccinations as soon as possible rather than waiting for the possibility of getting them together.
People will be offered either a full dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or a half dose of the Moderna vaccine, following scientific evidence showing that both provide a strong booster response. This will be regardless of which vaccine the individual previously had. Where neither can be offered, for example for those who have an allergy to either vaccine, the JCVI advise that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine can be used for those who received this vaccine for their first and second doses. The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, effective and has already saved thousands of lives in the UK and around the world.
Covid-19 Vaccination Services in Surrey
Vaccination services are running in a number of community locations.
You can find out more, including details of locations and availability of walk-in vaccination clinics with no appointments required on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Centres webpage. Please note we are currently unable to offer walk-in vaccinations for 12 to 15 year-olds.
Covid-19 Vaccination Resources
For a range of helpful resources, including information in community languages, research, videos and much more, visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Resources webpage.