COVID-19 Vaccination

The NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme is underway in Wakefield.

Vaccines reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19, reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 and actively protect against COVID-19 variants. Two doses with a gap between give the best protection.

Everyone in Wakefield aged over 18 is now eligible and can book a vaccine appointment online, or just turn up to a ‘drop-in’ clinic to receive their first or second dose. Full details of these clinics can be found at bit.ly/GrabAJabWF.

The NHS has worked to rapidly extend the programme to 16 and 17 year olds, the country’s most vulnerable children and those who live with vulnerable adults following changes in guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

All 16-and-17-year olds will be offered one jab dose of the vaccine, under the new guidance. Initially, they should wait to be contacted by their GP to arrange an appointment although walk-in services will be soon be available to everyone aged 16 and over.

Children aged 12 to 15 who are clinically vulnerable to COVID, or live with adults who are at increased risk of serious illness from the virus, will be contacted by the NHS and invited for their vaccine over the coming weeks.

Those who are eligible include those with Down’s syndrome, or undergoing many cancer treatments, have had organ or bone marrow transplants or who are on the learning disability register.

The Covid-19 vaccine will also be offered to children aged 12 years and over who live with someone who is immunosuppressed, such as those receiving chemotherapy or who have had a transplant. 

Children and young people now eligible will be offered the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

Anybody who cannot go online can instead call the service on 119 to book their jab.

Vaccine fraud

COVID-19 vaccines are only available on the NHS. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, or a GP surgery local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.

  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.

Frontline workers are at increased personal risk of exposure to infection with COVID-19 and of transmitting that infection to susceptible and vulnerable patients in health and social care settings.

  • There is greater COVID-19 mortality and morbidity in men and women working in social care than in non-social care staff of the same age and sex.
  • For every 20 vaccines delivered to care home staff and residents it is estimated that you will have helped to save one life.
  • Although fewer than 1 in 100 people who are infected will die from COVID-19, in those over 75 years of age this rises to 1 in 10.

Getting vaccinated will help protect you and the people you care for from becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.

If you have any questions or need to contact the local authority team about the vaccination programme, please do so via the following email address: covidvac@wakefield.gov.uk

To make an informed decision about having your vaccine visit COVID-19 vaccination programme guidance documents

Vaccine consent form download

After you have been vaccinated

When you have had your vaccine, you must still follow COVID-19 prevention and help advice to continue to protect yourself, family and community and to play your part in helping to stop the spread.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe

The vaccines approved for use in the UK meet strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Side Effects

Reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, are very rare.

  • Most side-effects are mild and short-term.
  • Common side effects include a painful arm, feeling tired, headache, general aches and mild flu-like symptoms.
  • These symptoms are normal and are a sign that your body is building immunity.
  • They normally last less than a week.

We are asking providers of community-based social care services to help us to identify eligible employees who have direct contact with service users (face to face) within their organisation by completing this survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WakefieldLA_Vacs_Demand

Once we have details of the number of eligible frontline workers in your organisation we will work with NHS vaccination services to identify and arrange appointments.

When appointments become available we will contact you to request individual employee details to enable the booking process. An example of the information required is available in the attached spreadsheet. You can start to prepare this information in readiness for appointment dates and times being released, but please do not return it until we request it.

It may not be possible to vaccinate all your staff at once so please prioritise your staff on the basis of a local risk assessment which will consider factors such as, underlying health conditions and whether people are from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, all of which are proven risk factors for severe COVID-19 illness and death.

We will book and provide details of individual appointments, along with information on where employees will need to go and what they will need to take with them.

Delivering the vaccination programme is a national priority. Although specific timescales cannot be provided for individual organisations, we hope to be able to offer vaccination booking appointments to all eligible frontline workers by the middle of February.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation with the activity required to progress the vaccination programme. The following steps will help the process to run smoothly:

  • Respond to the survey, and any subsequent communications, as quickly as possible.
  • Ensure your employees are aware of the vaccination programme and their eligibility for it.
  • Ensure employees are provided with all relevant information about the vaccination programme and appointment requirements as it becomes available.
  • Consider the logistics of releasing staff to receive their vaccination, the appointments for which may be provided or cancelled at short notice due to the availability of the vaccine.
  • Consider how to maximise the take-up of the vaccine by your frontline employees.
  • Maintain a record of vaccinated staff.

    If you have any questions or need to contact the local authority team about the vaccination programme, please do so via the following email address: covidvac@wakefield.gov.uk


Who gets the vaccine first?

Decisions on who gets the vaccine first are made using criteria set nationally which is based on risk. For those working in social care, the first priority group to receive the vaccine was those working in care homes for older people.

On 7 January we received notification that the vaccination programme was extending to those in the Priority Two category with includes:

All frontline social care workers directly working with people clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 who need care and support irrespective of where they work (for example in people's own homes, day centres, care homes for working-age adults or supported housing); whether they care for clinically vulnerable adults or children or who they are employed by (for example local government, NHS private sector or third sector employees).

Delivering the priority 2 requirement

There are tens of thousands of people who work in the health and social care industry in Wakefield alone. Many will meet the above requirement but many will not and it is the responsibility of Wakefield Council to ensure that all employers of frontline social care workers in their area are identified and provided with the necessary information and support to make arrangements for the vaccination of staff.

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been published to provide guidance on how this is to be delivered. 

Over the coming weeks, employers of social care workers who meet the criteria for access to a vaccine under this stage of the programme will be contacted by the Council regarding accessing the vaccine for their eligible staff.

We are asking providers of community-based social care services to help us to identify eligible employees within their organisation by completing this survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WakefieldLA_Vacs_Demand

This is a big logistical operation so please be patient if not contacted immediately.

My organisation provides social care but is not contracted to the local authority – are we still included?

Yes, this priority includes all eligible social care workers and does not require a contract with the local authority.

How long will it take?

Delivering the vaccination programme is a national priority and although specific timescales can't be provided, we hope to be able to offer vaccination booking appointments to all eligible staff by the middle of February.

Where will I need to go?

When you are invited for your vaccine, you will be advised where to go as part of your booking arrangements. Please do not turn up without an appointment.

You can find out more about COVID-19 vaccinations – including updated guidance, information sheets and FAQs – here.

Videos

Introductions

Introduction to the vaccination programme (Jo Fitzpatrick, CCG Lead Officer for Vaccination Programme)

History of vaccination (Emma Smith, Head of Heath Protection, Public Health)

How do vaccines work? (Colin Speers, Wakefield Clinical Lead for COVID Vaccine Programme)

How effective is vaccination and does it make a difference? (Emma Smith, Head of Heath Protection, Public Health)

Vaccination delivery model (Jo Fitzpatrick, CCG Lead Officer for Vaccination Programme)

Vaccine information (Dr Colin Speers, Wakefield Clinical Lead for COVID-19 Vaccine Programme

Questions and Answers (Kerry Murphy, Communities and Public Health)

COVID-19 testing

Full video


The Mayor of Featherstone talks about vaccines