Urgent Updated Message: **BOOK NOW** Frontline Care Worker Staff and Volunteers Can Book Their First Jab
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Additional Info Below About Eligibility, and Tackling Vaccine Hesitancy in Either Staff and Volunteers or Service Users (& encouraging people in priority groups, including unpaid carers to book a jab.
Access to a Covid-19 Vaccination for care workers in Kirklees
The National Booking System (or phone 119) is now open to anyone aged 18 or over and shows all the available sites including those in Kirklees, Calderdale, Wakefield, Bradford, Leeds and beyond.
Please also encourage anyone from the priority groups who haven’t already been vaccinated (adults 50+, those with underlying health conditions, health and social care workers AND unpaid carers) to get their first jab booked in asap.
Proof of eligibility and identity
Frontline workers and volunteers may still need to show proof of identity and eligibility to get their vaccinations. You can download the information about proof of eligibility and identity that people need when they attend their appointment below.
Second vaccinations for staff and volunteers
Staff and volunteers who’ve already been for their first jab at either Calderdale RH or Acre Mills (Huddersfield) are now being offered their 2nd dose at these sites. These centres are now only being used for 2nd jabs.
Encouraging staff to have the vaccine
There is lots of information in the letter and FAQ’s below that might be useful to encourage staff who have been hesitant eg because of concerns about fertility, faith based issue, safety and speed of delivery of the vaccine etc.
Revised guidance for the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine
The revised guidance for the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine may have caused concern for some staff. To help offer some reassurance and to help alleviate any fears please find some information and advice, provided by NHS colleagues, below and attached.
The Government has announced new guidance for the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. This follows further reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, and the Commission for Human Medicines, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
The MHRA and Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations have emphasised that the risk of this condition is extremely small and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people. They have recommended that:
- Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they have had a blood clot or have an existing risk of thrombosis (blood clotting).
- People aged 30 and over (including health and social care workers) or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.
- People aged 18-29 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. (This has been recommended as a precaution as people under 30 are at less risk from Covid-19 and not because they are considered to be at particular risk of developing the rare blood clot.)
- People under 30 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.
See the leaflet below to help answer any questions you may have, or may be asked, along with some other information that you may find helpful.
It is clearly up to every individual to decide whether to take the vaccination when offered, however the advice of the JCVI is that people should remember the very serious risk that Covid-19 presents and benefit from the protection the vaccine offers against this.
Other useful information and assets
COVID-19 vaccine animations launched to help tackle disinformation
NHS England and NHS Improvement has launched a series of animations aimed at tackling disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine. Aimed specifically at encouraging uptake in ethnic minority groups, the animations are available in 17 different languages and are suitable for use on a wide range of social media platforms. They cover key topics including vaccine safety, how it was tested, how it was developed so quickly, what is in it, and what the side effects are. Original files can be downloaded from the campaign resource centre in the form of short clips and also a longer video, and the English versions are also available on YouTube.
Ramadan, COVID1-9 vaccination posters, infographics and GIFs
A range of material is now available to support vaccination uptake during Ramadan. Please use as appropriate externally/internally:
COVID-19 vaccination and Ramadan collage poster A product code: COV2020606A
Video content is here.
Encouraging other people to have the vaccine and go for testing
The council has produced some FAQs with standard answers, basic facts and key messages that organisations can use when having conversations with people they are working with or supporting. It is a guide for staff and volunteers and arms them with the basic facts and correct information. It’s not intended as a leaflet for the general public.
Promotion of second doses
You can support uptake of second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by using the attached graphic on social media along with the suggested wording:
‘The second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine helps to provide longer-term protection.
It’s important to keep your vaccination appointment when it is offered to you.’
You will find a range of other social media assets and messages related to the next phase of the vaccination programme here.