Vaccinations for Care Providers and Personal Assistants
Access to COVID-19 vaccinations for Care Providers and Personal Assistants providing care and support to residents
The NHS are working to vaccinate the most vulnerable as quickly as possible.
This will take time but they are committed to getting all people in the first 4 priority groups by the middle of February 2021.
The first four groups are:
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
The NHS will get in touch with you directly when it is your turn to be vaccinated. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
In preparation to being offered the vaccine do read the information about in on either the NHS North West London Vaccination Website or the NHS site. This information should the answer the vast majority of people’s questions.
The Government’s COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan has established that all frontline health and social care workers are entitled to receive the Covid-19 vaccination in the second group rollout. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Adult Social Care Department are working with the NHS to develop a safe and effective roll out plan for those eligible for the vaccination for those working or living in Kensington and Chelsea or Westminster.
If you are receiving a Direct Payment, from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea or Westminster City Council, we are writing to ask you to let us know if you are currently employing your own Personal Assistant(s) with your Direct Payment. If you are employing a Personal Assistant directly via a Direct Payment to meet your assessed care and support needs, please contact us on 07971 920 372 or ASCpersonalisation@westminster.gov.uk Once confirmed, you will be contacted shortly after to advise you how your Personal Assistant can register for a vaccine.
Please note that as an employer it will be your responsibility to pass this information onto your employees and although vaccination is strongly recommended, you cannot make your employee/s have the vaccine as it is classed as a medical treatment which requires consent. If you have any queries on employment advice regarding vaccination, please contact your Employers Liability Insurance.
Advice can also be found at:
- ILG Support : Q&A Can I insist that my PA take the Coronavirus vaccine
- Fish Insurance : Can I make it a requirement for my carer to have the vaccine?
We are aware of several reports of people being contacted by fraudsters offering the COVID-19 vaccine. The reports show text messages being sent providing a link for people to register their details to apply for the vaccine, some of which require payment. These text messages and links are not sent from, or linked to, the NHS.
Please note the NHS will:
- NEVER ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text asking you to confirm you want the vaccine.
- NEVER ask for payment for the vaccine or your bank details.
More information on the COVID-19 vaccine can be found here:
- NHS information on Coronavirus vaccines
- Public Health England Easy Read Guide
- Vaccination information in your borough: