Everyone over the age of 21 is now eligible to book a vaccination through the national booking link. We recommend that informal carers register with their GP as a carer to ensure they receive any relevant information and invitations for any future vaccinations.

Self-referral for social care worker vaccination, including personal assistants

Healthcare workers and community based social care workers (including personal assistants) were eligible in priority group 2 to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. If personal assistants have not yet received a vaccine, they can book this through their GP or the national booking site.

When offered your vaccination, get both first and second doses. It’s still the best defence against the coronavirus including new variants.

Fore more details, including how to book online, click here.

Employment law advice and guidance have helpfully been published by ILG Support and Fish Insurance:

Testing for eligible personal assistants

Testing for personal assistants has moved to:

  • twice weekly rapid lateral flow testing, with confirmatory PCR tests for a positive test

If a personal assistant tests positive with a lateral flow test they must:

  • immediately isolate
  • order a confirmatory PCR test
  • inform their employer

Personal assistants can order rapid lateral flow test kits , tests can be ordered every 24 hours and each kit contains 7 tests

Please ensure that before using rapid lateral flow tests, all personal assistants watch this instructional video.

All lateral flow test results (including positives, negatives, and voids) must be registered at: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result 

Personal assistants should stop ordering PCR tests unless they require a PCR for a confirmatory test. If they have PCR tests left over from previous orders, they can be stored until their expiry date and used if a confirmatory test is required following a positive lateral flow test.

Flowcharts explaining when your staff can return to work following a COVID-19 test

Public Health England have released flowcharts showing the process that your employee must follow in the event that they take a COVID-19 Test. These are below:

Asymptomatic Worker: Flowchart describing return to work following a COVID test

Symptomatic Worker: Flowchart describing return to work following a COVID test

COVID-19 booster jabs

The government has announced that a COVID-19 booster will be offered this autumn for those who are eligible.

The priority groups for the booster jabs are as follows:

  • people aged over 50;
  • care home residents;
  • health and social care workers;
  • those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19;
  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.

People can only receive the booster six months (180 days) after their second dose.

Eligible people will be contacted about booking their COVID-19 booster directly by the NHS.

COVID-19 booster information for employees

As with the initial COVID-19 vaccinations, PAs will need to self-declare that they are frontline health and social care workers. They will need to explain the role/work that they do as a PA and give the name of their employer.

When booking, PAs will be told to provide evidence of their employment at the vaccination site. We understand this will be one of the following:

  • a workplace photo ID;
  • a recent letter from your employer (last 3 months);
  • a recent payslip which shows your employer (last 3 months).

If your employee has difficulty providing suitable evidence of employment, template letters have been developed with the support of West Sussex County Council.

Please contact us on 01903 219482 if you would like a copy of these.

Please remember to test for COVID-19 regularly

As we enter autumn and the weather turns colder, the risk of infection increases as we spend more time inside.

Regular testing for coronavirus helps stop the spread and protects those around us.

There are many ways to have a COVID-19 test:

If you test positive or have any symptoms you must take a PCR test. Book online or call 119.

Please remember to do all you can to reduce the spread – wash your hands, cover your face, leave space and let fresh air in.

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