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

Health and social care staff working face to face with members of the public who may be clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to have their COVID19 Vaccination.

If you haven’t yet received your COVID19 vaccinations you're still able to come along to one of our Barnsley vaccination centres. 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.

You can also call 119 to book an appointment for your vaccination.

Vaccination booster

A booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine helps improve the protection you have from your first two doses of the vaccine. Having the booster helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

Some people are now eligible for a spring booster if they:

  • are aged 75 and over
  • live in a care home for older people
  • are aged 12 and over and have a weakened immune system

COVID-19 is still with us and may affect people more seriously if they are in one of these groups. The spring booster is being offered to help reduce their risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

When to get your spring booster if you're eligible

If you or someone you know is in an eligible group, you will be contacted by the NHS when you are due a spring booster. You will usually be offered an appointment around six months after your last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

You may be offered appointment dates from three months (91 days) after your last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, however, try to book an appointment around six months after your last dose to get the best protection from your spring booster.

If you are eligible for a spring booster but have not had a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yet, you should have them as soon as possible.

If you have a severely weakened immune system, you need to get a 3rd dose before getting a booster.

You can book to have a booster dose on the NHS website or by calling 119.

Infection prevention and control in adult social care services 

Infection prevention and control: resource for adult social care provides information on infection prevention measures to be taken along with a supplementary section on adult care homes IPC in adult social care: COVID-19 supplement

PPE is still currently available free of charge for a range of adult social care services PPE portal: how to order COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE)

Letter sent to adult social care services March 2022.

Testing for COVID-19

From 4 April, adult social care staff and residents should be managed as per the COVID-19 testing in adult social care guidance. All previous guidance for settings will be withdrawn.  This guidance for testing in adult social care applies to: care homes, homecare organisations, extra care and supported living services, adult day care centres, personal assistants, shared lives carers, social workers. 

Social care staff working face to face and/or in high-risk settings should conduct 2 LFD tests per week, taking them before they begin work, spaced 3 to 4 days apart. This also applies to staff who provide care and support to the individual they live with, for example, live-in carers.

Tests can be obtained through organisational routine testing processes using UON, request testing for coronavirus, or for staff who do not already have an established organisational testing process, they can order testing kits for themselves, order rapid lateral flow tests (you do not need an UON).

The new guidance does not require service users using/visitors to adult social care services to be tested.

If you experience any difficulties ordering testing kits please telephone 119 in the first instance.

Outbreak management

Outbreaks (two or more positive cases in the same service) should be reported to UKHSA Yorkshire and Humber Health Protection Team

Tel: 0113 386 0300 or Out of hours advice: 0151 9091219 

Email: yorkshirehumberhpt@phe.gov.uk  or Electronic notification form

Health protection teams (HPT) provide specialist public health advice and operational support to NHS, local authorities and other agencies.

Department of Health and Social Care - COVID-19 guidance for adult social care providers

The links for the two question and answer sessions held during April for care providers can be found below for those unable to attend. Due to the number of questions raised they have undertaken to provide a set of written responses to frequently asked questions, which we will endeavour to share once available.

For more information

If you work in social care and have any questions about COVID-19 and vaccination you can email us at ascpublichealth@barnsley.gov.uk