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.
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.
All eligible health and care workers can book their 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 you attend your vaccination appointment as a health and care worker you will need to take the following identification:
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, 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/