Covid-19 vaccination rollout – social care

Surrey County Council is asking for your help to identify any frontline social care workers (employed or volunteers) in your organisation in Surrey who are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine because of their role:

The government definition of a frontline social care workers is “All frontline social care workers directly working with people clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 who need care and support irrespective of where they work (for example in people’s own homes, day centres, care homes for working age adults or supported housing); whether they care for clinically vulnerable adults or children; or who they are employed by (for example local government, NHS private sector or third sector employees.)”

We are working with you as trusted partners to identify those workers (employed or volunteers) you believe match this definition. In the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector this could for example include workers (employed or volunteers) who are directly working with people clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 to provide a befriending services, to run a dementia café or day centre, to deliver meals into people’s homes who are clinically vulnerable to Covid-19, to drive people who are clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 to medical appointments, or who are active volunteers in a homeless service.

You can find some slides here to help you identify workers who are eligible.  This is part of the government’s roll out of the vaccine to priority groups and it’s important that we adhere to this definition for eligibility. We understand that many in the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector will be doing really important resident facing work but unfortunately won’t fit the definition of “frontline social care workers directly working with people clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 who need care and support”.

If you have identified workers/volunteers who are eligible, please complete the attached spreadsheet with details (name and job role) for your frontline social care workers (employed or volunteers) and return to Surrey County Council at socialcare.c19vaccination@surreycc.gov.uk. Please also confirm on the spreadsheet the named person in your organisation who the Council should liaise with. A guide to completing the spreadsheet is here.

Please consider how you can send the details securely in line with your existing systems and processes. If staff or volunteers have already received their Covid-19 vaccination, or have already been offered an appointment via another route, don’t include them in your return.

On receipt of your response, the Council will send the named person in your organisation a link to the booking platform to enable eligible staff to book their Covid-19 vaccination at one of the hospital hubs. If you don’t have any workers who are eligible, then no response is needed.

A series of frequently asked questions about the vaccination programme is available here. A useful leaflet with lots of information about the vaccination is also available here. Please make these available to any eligible staff.

If you have any questions, please contact socialcare.c19vaccination@surreycc.gov.uk and they will do our best to respond.