Autumn COVID-19 & flu vaccinations

The Government have announced which groups of people will be eligible for a COVID-19 autumn booster. Those eligible for a further dose will be:

  • all adults aged 50 years and over
  • those aged 5 to 49 years in a clinical risk group, including pregnant women
  • those aged 5 to 49 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
  • those aged 16 to 49 years who are carers
  • residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
  • frontline health and social care workers.

The Government will also be offering a free flu jab to more eligible groups than in previous years. These groups are:

  • all adults aged 50 to 64 years
  • secondary school children in years 7, 8 and 9, who will be offered the vaccine in order of school year (starting with the youngest first)

People in these groups will only be eligible for a flu jab once the most at-risk (pre-school & primary school children, those aged over 65 and those in a clinical risk group) have been offered the jab.

The groups mentioned above are now being contacted to book a autumn COVID-19 booster. The NHS will contact you and invite you to book your autumn booster when it’s due.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations

Everyone over the age of 12 is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

Please click here for more information, including details on how to book your COVID-19 vaccination online.

When booking their vaccination, your PA will need to self-declare they are a frontline health and care worker and will be told to provide evidence of their employment at the vaccination site.

Please contact us on 01903 219482 for assistance with this.

Mandatory vaccinations and employment advice

The Government has announced mandatory vaccination for all frontline Health and Social Care workers working in regulated settings with effect from 01 April 2022.

There has not currently been specific mention of the PA Workforce in the announcement, but we are closely monitoring the situation.

Employment law advice and guidance on mandatory vaccinations has been published by Fish Insurance and ILG Support.

Please click here for FISH insurance advice.

Please click here for ILG support advice.

Flu Vaccinations

All PAs are now eligible for a free winter flu vaccination from their GP or a local community pharmacy.

DP employers should ensure their employees are aware they’re eligible for this vaccination and understand how to get it.

The flu vaccination is free and paid for by the NHS.

Please click here for more information.

COVID testing

Asymptomatic testing is no longer generally required for frontline workers except as part of a rapid response testing for care homes and high-risk extra care and supported living services or as part of outbreak testing in care homes.

Ordering COVID test kits

Personal assistants who are symptomatic (or their employers on their behalf) should order tests via the online government portal.

Employers of personal assistants ordering tests on their behalf should go through the ordering journey selecting options as if they are a personal assistant. Whilst tests can be ordered on behalf of others, tests should only be used for staff and not those who are receiving care and/or support. You will not need a UON (Unique Organisation Number).

Individuals who are already part of a regular testing regime at work should not access tests through this route.

Individuals should keep enough test kits in case they need to test because they become symptomatic and they should only order more tests when needed to replenish stocks. When replenishing stocks for this purpose, they should select that they are symptomatic when going through the ordering portal.

An individual can choose which address their test kits are delivered to. Once they have placed an order, they will receive a confirmatory email.

For any issues with ordering test kits, please call the national COVID-19 contact centre on 119.

Full guidance on COVID testing in adult social care is available here.

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