Health and care workforce vaccinations

The Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that the first priorities for the vaccination programme should be the prevention COVID-19 mortality and protection of health and social care staff and systems. The JCVI has prioritised frontline health and care workers because they are at high risk of exposure to the virus and provide care to multiple vulnerable individuals.

Am I eligible?

At present, only health, social care and care workers are eligible. Other key workers, such as teachers, childcare workers, firefighters and police officers are not currently eligible. Full details of eligible workers are set out in the Government’s ‘Green Book’ (see page 11). If you are unsure if you are eligible for vaccination, please contact your employer.

Please do not book a vaccination appointment if you are not eligible as you will be turned away when you arrive at the vaccination site.

How can I book my first dose?

All eligible health and care workers can book their first dose vaccination appointment through the national NHS booking service website or by calling 119.

You will be asked for your postcode and will be able to book an appointment at one of the larger vaccination centres or pharmacy-led vaccination services in the area.

When booking online, please enter your email address or mobile number to receive confirmation of your appointment. Please also note your reference number, as you must have this should you need to change your appointment.

Proof of eligibility

When you attend your vaccination appointment as a health and care worker you will need to take the following identification:

  • A work photo ID badge or other photo ID such as a drivers license or passport.
  • Written proof of eligibility. This could be letter of authorisation from your employer, the local authority or a wage slip dated within the last three months.

Second doses

While the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine gives a good immunity to the virus, two doses are needed to have the best chance of full protection. Second doses are being scheduled up to twelve weeks after the first. It is really important that people get both doses to get the greatest benefit from the vaccine.

Most health and care workers have already booked their second dose, usually at the same time they booked or attended their first dose.

Second doses must be delivered by the same vaccination service that delivered the first dose.

When you attend your second dose you must take photo ID to prove your identity. Please also take your NHS number if you have it, as this will make the appointment quicker and easier.

Please attend your second dose appointment. Rescheduling of second dose appointments can only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

If you’ve had your first dose but do not have an appointment for your second dose, please see below for what you should do.

I had my first dose at a hospital site…

If you had your first dose at one of the hospitals in Sussex and don’t yet have a second dose booked, then you should contact that hospital’s vaccination service on the details below:

I had my first dose in a care home where I work…

If you work in a care home and had your first dose at your place of work, then you should be able to receive your second dose when the home is visited for residents’ second doses. Care providers will be notified in advance of the date for the vaccination team’s return visit and are encouraged to support staff who received their first dose at work to be present at this time to receive their second dose.

If this is not possible, staff can book their second dose vaccine appointment at an alternative location via the online booking service, or by telephoning 119.

I had my first dose at a GP-led local vaccination service…

GP-led local vaccination services will be contacting people to book second doses if they have not done so already. If ten weeks has passed since you received your first dose and you do not have an appointment for your second dose, please contact the local vaccination service that offered you the first dose.

I booked my first dose through the national NHS website or by calling 119…

If you used the national website or telephone line, you would have booked both doses at the same time. Log in or call up to see the details of your second dose and change it if necessary.

Can I use the national booking system to book a second dose only?

No. You will only be able to book through the national booking system if our records show that you have yet to have your first dose.

I can’t remember where or when I had my first dose. How can I check?

Your GP holds your up to date vaccination record and should be able to provide this information.

Important information

Do not attend a vaccine centre if you do not have a booked appointment.

You will need to wear a face mask when you attend for your vaccination.

Do not attend your appointment with a child in your care. On very rare occasions, people can experience a severe reaction when they receive a vaccine. For this reason, we will not be able to give you the vaccine if you attend your appointment with a child in your care.

Please bring your NHS number with you to your appointment, if you have it. You can still have your vaccination without it, but having your number to hand will make your appointment quicker and easier.

You can find your NHS number at www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/find-nhs-number/

What if I have a question that isn’t answered here?

For general queries, please email sxccg.vaccineenquiries@nhs.net but note that the team at this address are unable to book an appointment for you.

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