In early December 2020, the NHS in England began the biggest and most highly anticipated immunisation campaign in history at 50 hospital hubs, with more starting vaccinations over the coming weeks and months as the programme ramps up.
Vaccinations for our colleagues
As a Trust, we will be responsible for vaccinating colleagues across our hospitals and community services. We will also be vaccinating Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Patients and Patients over 80.
Appointments are currently available to book for all colleague groups using the dedicated booking system on the staff intranet.
Colleagues attending their appointment are advised to please wear a surgical face mask (not a face covering) and attend their appointment at the time allocated. We understand that clinical pressures may take priority - but if you receive an appointment and for any reason are unable to attend please notify Occupational Health on 01524 512290.
Please note that if you choose to have the vaccination, you will still need to continue to follow the guidance in your workplace, including wearing the correct PPE and taking part in any screening programmes, such as if there is an outbreak in your area.
If you have tested COVID positive in the last four weeks you won't be eligible for the vaccination and must wait until you have been four weeks clear.
Vaccinations for patients and members of the public
Patients who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination will be invited directly to book an appointment. It is really important that you make arrangements to have the vaccine once invited so that together we can return to some state of normal.
If you have not received a letter, phone call or text message to book a vaccination, please do not worry, we will notify everyone in priority order when the vaccination becomes available. We would be grateful if you do not telephone our hospitals, your GP practice or other NHS hospital to request a vaccination; please wait to be invited.
These resources will help to ensure people with a learning disability and autistic people in a high-risk group have safe and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination:
- Covid Vaccine film produced by Skills for People and Learning Disability England
- PHE easy read Covid vaccination leaflet
- PHE easy read What to expect after the vaccine leaflet
- PHE Easy read adult consent form
Additional training materials for COVID 19 vaccinators and volunteers provide top tips on communicating with people with a learning disability and autistic people and reasonable adjustments that should be considered.
- Read some Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 vaccine
- Read the patient information leaflet about the COVID-19 vaccine
- Read the easy-read guide to your COVID-19 vaccination
- Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccination on the NHS website
- Find out more about plans for the COVID-19 vaccination in Lancashire and South Cumbria on Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria’s website
- See why vaccination is safe and important
- Vaccination information in other languages