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Eligible health and social care workers who have not booked their vaccination appointment, can now do this through the national vaccination booking system or by calling 119.
This is in addition to the local hospital centres you can book via the local NHS website.
Appointments are available for all staff (including agency) health and social care workers working in Sussex. Full details of eligible workers are set out in the Government’s ‘Green Book’ .
Please also see the useful translated vaccination materials, videos and other information about the vaccine in the section below which you may find useful to share with your staff.
Whilst having the full course of the vaccine will reduce the chance of you suffering from COVID-19, you may still be at risk of catching it and spreading it to other people. Therefore, it is important that everyone continues to follow current government guidance around delivering care and support and follows current advice to stay safe.
The Sussex Health and Care Partnership is sharing regular updates on the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccination to the care sector.
Briefings are as listed below and can also be viewed on the stakeholder briefings page of their website.
Safety of the COVID-19 Vaccine
This presentation may help to reassure those working in care services who have concerns about the safety of the vaccine, it has been produced by Professor Manon from Imperial College London with specific focus on patient safety.
Introduced by Andrea Patterson who sits on Hampshire care homes executive and is also a care home owner (from St Ronan's nursing home), the presentation answers key questions such as:
• How efficient is the vaccine
• What is risk of long term adverse effects of taking the vaccine
• How has it been developed so quickly
• What is an RNA vaccine
• What is in the vaccine and can it interact with medications
The resources below have been published on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website. Please visit the website to access further resources such as translated materials.
The British Islamic Medical Association have produced a position statement on the Moderna, Pfizer and Astra-Zeneca vaccines which includes a statement on animal products and recommends the vaccine for Muslim communities.
The British Islamic Medical Association have also produced a ‘Myth buster’ with infographics.
The Muslim Council of Great Britain (MCB) website holds Coronavirus information including; Advice for Mosques and Madrasas, statements of support for the COVID-19 vaccinations, and a ‘myth buster’ with infographics.
The Catholic Church has published an update on COVID-19 and vaccination which offers reassurance messages that Catholics may “in good conscience receive any of these vaccines for the good of others and themselves”.
In the London Borough of Lambeth, a GP from a high risk group was filmed having their vaccination. This can be viewed on YouTube.
A further YouTube video called "If you could save someone's life", addresses questions and concerns people may have about taking the vaccine.
This video by DHSC talks to staff in a care home in Manchester who have recently vaccinated their residents and staff.
The UK Health Security Agency has published information leaflets about the vaccine available in a variety of languages – please make these available to your teams proactively to help encourage uptake of the vaccine.
The Sussex Health and Care website includes a link to translated versions of vaccine consent forms which are required when attending COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
A range of BSL video guides relating to vaccination are available to download via the Gov.uk website.
With the continued national rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine we are starting to see the positive impact that this is having locally in helping to reduce the numbers of staff and customers that are testing positive. We are aware that some staff continue to be reluctant to have the COVID-19 vaccine. Please see below for some useful resources that can help you in supporting staff who are concerned about having the COVID-19 vaccine:
• The ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) has developed some useful guidance for employers.
• UK Health Security Agency have produced a COVID-19 vaccination guide for adults. This is available in a range of languages and formats. There are also additional frequently asked questions.
• A video from Dr Sarah Jarvis on her top tips for how best to reassure those who may be concerned about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you need resources to download and share in your settings take a look at the Public Health England resources. They have posters and explainer videos for social care workers.
NHS England has distributed these documents for vaccinators, which provide top tips on communicating with people with a learning disability and autistic people and highlight the range of reasonable adjustments that should be considered to ensure that a vaccination appointment goes well.
Learning Disability England (LDE) has written a guide about the coronavirus vaccine for people and organisations that offer paid support to people with learning disabilities, provider organisations or personal assistants.
This guide is available on the Paradigm website and is designed to help them prepare the people they support to make a decision about having the Coronavirus vaccine.
West Sussex residents who have no means to get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointment will now be able to book a free return journey to help them attend.
If you know someone who may benefit from this please let them know that they should book their vaccination appointment first and then call 01444 275 008 to speak to a travel coordinator.
The booking service is available between 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm Monday to Friday.
People will be asked:
If neither of these options are available, the travel coordinator will arrange the free transport, including any additional needs such as wheelchair-friendly vehicles.
All transport providers have signed up to a COVID-19 safety policy to ensure that all precautions are in place for a safe journey.
All eligible agency care staff are encouraged to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment.