Employment Support Workers eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations

DHSC has written out to advise that, from the 11th of February for a period of 2 weeks, Health and Social Care Workers are able to book a vaccine appointment directly, via the National Booking service. This includes employment support workers. This can be done via https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/. Please try online booking first but if this is not possible, you can phone 119 free of charge, 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week.


When you arrive for your appointment

You will be asked to verbally declare to the person at the vaccination site booking you in that:

  • you are a health or social care worker
  • the type of role/work you do
  • the name of your employer

You will also need to show further proof of employment as a health or social care worker such as one of the following:

  • A recent letter from your employer setting out how you meet the eligibility criteria
  • Authorisation letter from the local authority
  • A staff ID badge
  • A recent (last 3 months) payslip which shows their employer.

You will also be asked for photographic identification.

You will be informed, by the person recording your vaccination, that it will be recorded that you are a health or social care worker.


Who are eligible frontline social care or health care workers in England?

People that have direct contact with patients, clients or service users at higher risk from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Health workers, for example:

  • you work in a clinical role (such as a doctor or nurse)
  • you have contact in a non-clinical role (such as a receptionist or porter)
  • you work in a hospital laboratory, mortuary or a funeral home

Social care workers, for example:

  • you are a registered professional in social care (such as a social worker or nurse)
  • you work in residential care, nursing care or in supported living
  • you provide personal care for people in their homes

A list of the occupational groups and their roles is attached.