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Front line health and social care staff & private carers Posted on 22 Jan 2021

We are receiving many calls from front line health and social care staff & private carer’s regarding when they can have the Covid vaccination. Please be advised that while we completely appreciate your personal circumstances, please understand that we are not authorised to provide discretionary vaccines. The vaccines are only received at Penrith Hospital and therefore we do not hold vaccinations on site.

On 12th January we received the following update from NHS England in relation to vaccinating front line health and social care staff. The update was as follows:

By mid-January North Cumbria Integrated Care will be established as a hospital hub with a responsibility for COVID-19 vaccine delivery to all individuals within JCVI cohort 2b as set out in the updated Public Health England Green Book 2.

JCVI recommend that within this group, you should give priority to frontline staff “at high risk of acquiring infection, at high individual risk of developing serious disease, or at risk of transmitting infection to multiple vulnerable persons or other staff in a healthcare environment”.

This includes but is not limited to:

        Staff working on the vaccination programme

   Staff who have frequent face-to-face contact with patients and who are directly involved in patient care in either secondary or primary care, mental health, urgent and emergency care and community settings

   Those working in independent, voluntary and non-standard healthcare settings such as hospices, and community-based mental health or addiction services

        Laboratory, pathology and mortuary staff

   Those working for a sub-contracted provider of facilities services such as portering or cleaning

   Temporary, locum or ‘bank’ staff, including those working in the covid-19 vaccination programme, students, trainees and volunteers who are working with patients

    Frontline social care workers directly working with vulnerable people who need care and support irrespective of where they work (for example in hospital, people’s own homes, day centres, or supported housing); or who they are employed by (for example local government, NHS, independent sector or third sector).

We understand that the hospital is in discussion with employers currently and will be contacting eligible staff members in the above groupings over the next few weeks to make an appointment.

Eden Primary Care Network have also asked further questions in regard to self-employed carers and first responders, however they have no further information to provide at this time. Therefore please rest assured that you will be contacted when the vaccine is available and we politely request that you do not contact the practice to enquire about the Covid vaccination as it is very important that we keep telephone lines open for patients needing medical assistance.

We will update the Covid-19 Vaccination page of our website whenever we have any further information or updates regarding the vaccination programme.

Additional updates can also be found on the Eden Primary Care Network Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/TeamEdenPCN

 

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