Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines for frontline social care workers

Health and social care staff working with clinically extremely vulnerable patients/service users were eligible for COVID-19 vaccination under Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) cohort 2 in January 2021.

If you haven’t yet received both vaccinations you're still able to come along to one of our Barnsley walk-in clinics.  If you work for a health or social care service in Barnsley, but are not registered with a Barnsley GP, you can still access our clinics for vaccination. 

COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of deployment for those working in care homes

On 4 August 2021 the Department of Health and Social Care issued coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes: operational guidance. This states that from 11 November 2021 all care home workers, and anyone entering a care home, will need to be fully vaccinated unless they're exempt under the regulations.

Timeline

Date Details
22 July 2021 16-week grace period starts.
16 September 2021 Last date for care home workers to get their first dose so they are fully vaccinated by the time regulations come into force.
11 November 2021 Regulations come into force.

Vaccination duration and booster doses

It's not yet known how long protection will last, whether regular booster doses will be needed and to what extent the vaccine stops people from catching and spreading the virus or just prevents them from becoming ill.

On 30 June 2021 the JCVI issued interim advice on COVID-19 booster vaccination which stated that any potential COVID-19 booster programme should be offered in two stages from September 2021, starting with those most at risk from serious disease. This includes care home residents, people aged over 70, frontline health and social care workers, clinically extremely vulnerable adults and those who are immunosuppressed.

The JCVI will continue to review emerging scientific data over the next few months, including data relating to the duration of immunity from the current vaccines. Final advice on booster vaccination may change as a result of this.

If you're a Barnsley social care member of staff and had your first and second doses (under cohort 2) arranged by the Barnsley Council Public Health Team, you'll be contacted before Monday 13 September 2021 to arrange your booster dose. If you haven’t been contacted and think you're eligible as a social care member of staff for a booster vaccination, please email ascpublichealth@barnsley.gov.uk

Health and social care staff who've had two vaccinations but been a contact of someone with COVID-19

Positive cases

Positive cases remain under a legal duty to self-isolate regardless of vaccination status or age.

People with symptoms

People with symptoms will continue to be advised to self-isolate and take a PCR test regardless of vaccination status or age.

Fully vaccinated health and social care staff

Fully vaccinated health and social care staff who are identified as a contact and are exempt from the legal duty to self-isolate will be required to follow additional mitigations to attend their workplace:

  • the staff member should remain free of any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • the staff member should immediately have a PCR test and the result of this PCR test should be negative prior to returning to work.
  • following the negative PCR result, the staff member should undertake an LFD antigen test every day for 10 days following their last contact with the case (even on days they are not at work). This LFD antigen test should be taken before starting their shift, and the result should be negative.
  • if a staff member has had a SARS-CoV-2 infection in the past 90 days, they should not have a PCR test and should only undertake daily LFD antigen tests.
  • the staff member should comply with all relevant infection control precautions and PPE should be properly worn throughout the day.
  • if the staff member works with patients or residents who are highly vulnerable to COVID-19 (as determined by the organisation), a risk assessment should be undertaken and consideration given to redeployment during their 10 day period.

​Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated staff

​Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated staff members who are exempt from self-isolation should not attend work or should be redeployed for the period of time they would be required to self-isolate.

Government guidance

The COVID-19 management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings guidance has been updated to reflect these changes, which became effective from Monday 16 August 2021.