COVID-19 vaccination for frontline pharmacy staff
15 February 2021: It is now possible for health and social care workers to use the National Booking Service to book an appointment at a vaccination centre or community pharmacy.
Staff should try online booking first www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination but if this is not possible, they can phone 119 free of charge, 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week. As part of the booking process, eligible staff need to self-declare they are a health or social care worker.
Further information here in this letter.
Local vaccination services
All vaccination roll-out teams across Surrey and Sussex are aware that community pharmacy is near the top of the list as key workers, but they are all working at different pace to accommodate different local needs and populations. For example, colleagues have attended two special clinics organised by North West Surrey CCG for those working in the North West Surrey area, whereas Sussex has a central booking system for specified local hospital sites.
Here is more information: (first posted 21/01/2021 with updates in red)
27/01/2021: 17.30 the NHS has contacted all pharmacy staff in Surrey Heatlands via the LPC Two email messages have been sent to pharmacy NHS email addresses on Mon 25/01/2021 at 15:38 and Wed 27/01/2021 17:09, so urge everyone to check their shared NHS email account. Thank you for your patience. We are aware that Surrey Heartlands has set up a dedicated helpline for members of the public to approach with their vaccination queries.
04/02/2021: 17.30 we have just heard that appointments for frontline pharmacy workers are available at the Royal Surrey County Hospital on Sat 6th through to Monday 8th Feb, and that more booking slots will be released as soon as is practical. Please find a link to book directly in the email sent from LPC to NHS email accounts on Wed 27/01/2021 17:09. Alternatively, you could contact Surrey Heartlands directly by email: health care workers – firstname.lastname@example.org
amended 28/01/2021 at 5.30pm; 1/2/21 at 2.45pm Sussex NHS Commissioners have told us they are on course to vaccinate the top four priority groups by mid-February, in line with the national target, and that this includes the 120,000 health, social care and other care workers across the system. Booking of slots is available to eligible health and care workers at nine locations across Sussex.
Those who are eligible can book a vaccination appointment at: www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/workforcevax (just click on your preferred site in the list).
Sussex and Surrey
NHS England is encouraging local vaccination services to have reserve lists of recipients for every clinic, who can come in at short notice if vaccine is still available. We are aware that some community pharmacy teams have been vaccinated this way because they have made their local PCN team aware that they were willing to attend at very short notice, and left contact details with the PCN team.
Self-employed locum pharmacists
added 28/01/2021 The PDA has agreed with NHS England that it will co-ordinate the process for self-employed locum pharmacists as this group has traditionally found it more difficult to access single employer led systems.
All locum pharmacists working (and wishing to be vaccinated) in England should visit https://www.the-pda.org/covid/locum-vaccinations/ This portal is available at no cost to all locums whether PDA members or not as part of the PDA’s commitment to support efforts to overcome the pandemic.
You will need to provide proof of your eligibility when you attend your vaccination; see the appointment booking page for more details
Letter for key workers
Some vaccination services will require proof of ID. Here is a template letter that you can issue as required to pharmacy staff who do not have NHS ID. (Microsoft Word).
You will have to change the date and insert local details accordingly
Pharmacy workforce second vaccinations – second doses
31/03/2021: 11:20 If you’ve had your first dose but do not have an appointment for your second dose, please see links below for what you should do.
• Sussex – the information you need is about half way down this page.
• Surrey – <waiting for information from Surrey Heartlands>
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.
For more information
- The Government’s ‘Green Book’ sets out in detail which health and care staff groups are eligible for the vaccine. Please see page 11 of the document at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-the-green-book-chapter-14a