The 5 north central London Councils thousands of social care workers have already been vaccinated. By having the vaccination you are protecting yourself and those around you including; family, friends, colleagues, the wider community and the vulnerable people who you care for.
Who qualifies as a social care worker?
The vaccine is available to all front line social care workers. The definition is here: ‘frontline social care workers directly working with vulnerable people who need care and support irrespective of where they work ( example: those working in hospitals, clients own homes, day centres, or supported living/housing); or who they are employed by: local government, NHS, independent sector or third sector in face to face roles’.
If you are not sure whether you or your staff meet this definition please contact the borough lead from your Council .
Barnet - Carequality@barnet.gov.uk
Enfield - email@example.com
Haringey - Sujesh.Sundarraj@haringey.gov.uk
Islington - Russell.Jones@islington.gov.uk
There are a wide range of other groups that are eligible for the vaccine currently, including any adult with a learning disability, unpaid carers and anyone at high risk from covid (clinically extremely vulnerable).
Covid vaccine booking for social care staff
Anyone 45 or over can book via the National Booking System https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or via calling 119. If you are a social care worker and are under 45 then you can find a range of options, including clinics for those under 30, at this website: https://northcentrallondonccg.nhs.uk/ncl-frontline-health-and-social-care-staff-covid-19-vaccination-registration/
Please be aware that that this change will not affect the following:
• Those that had already booked an appointment
• 2nd doses
• Anyone over the age of 45 – who can still use the booking system
For frontline social care staff you will be able to attend the large sites listed below as a drop in (without a booked appointment) to access the vaccine. These are listed on this website, which will be updated regularly: https://northcentrallondonccg.nhs.uk/ncl-frontline-health-and-social-care-staff-covid-19-vaccination-registration/
When attending the drop ins it is vital that care staff bring either a staff name badge, a letter from the employer or a payslip from the last 3 months so that the vaccine centres can be assured that they are eligible for the vaccine as a social care worker.
How can staff find out more about the covid-19 vaccine?
The 5 north central London Councils are actively contacting social care providers and managers to provide support they need to enable ALL staff to have access to resources and information.
We have regular webinars for social care staff where you can find out more. Link to find out upcoming sessions or to view a video of a previous webinar.
We have also produced some frequently asked questions that care staff have asked us (link).
We have also produced a Manager’s Toolkit to share tips and good practice from social care providers in north London (PDF).
There are also a range of community champions and events for north London’s diverse communities. You can find out more from your Council’s website or via your local lead. You can also find vaccine information in a range of community languages here