23 Nov 2021
by The Homecare Association

Resources to encourage COVID-19 vaccination take-up and address vaccine delay or hesitancy

Support for homecare employers from the NHS and local vaccination leads

With vaccination as a condition of deployment due to commence in April 2022, the NHS is planning to target support at homecare providers with more than 100 unvaccinated frontline staff, as identified by Capacity Tracker. These organisations will be contacted by the NHS vaccination deployment programme and are encouraged to take up the webinars and one-to-one conversations between individual staff and culturally and clinically appropriate professionals offered. 

Other providers who are concerned about staff vaccine take-up should contact their local authority vaccination lead to find out about local support with vaccine hesitancy.
 

General information on vaccination

There is a collection of documents relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme at: COVID-19 vaccination programme - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Leaflets, such as the COVID-19 vaccination: guide for adults are available in 23 languages, with easy-read and accessible formats.

There is information on who is eligible for the jab, side effects, ingredients of the jab and booking an appointment for a jab on the NHS website at:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

A video is available for the public on both winter vaccines,

Information on COVID-19 booster vaccination roll-out to social care workers

The Care Provider Alliance maintains a list of information at: COVID-19 vaccination - Care Provider Alliance
 

Resources to encourage vaccination take-up and address vaccine delay or hesitancy

Technical health information on COVID-19 vaccination and who should receive it:

COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
 

COVID-19 vaccine communication materials:

Public Health England Vaccine Communications Toolkit for Adult Social CareThis includes videos, social media graphics and leaflets for social care providers to encourage staff to be vaccinated. 

Public Health England Shareable video explaining the benefits of the vaccine


Vaccine information in community languages

NHS England and NHS Improvement London » COVID-19 vaccine communication materials.  These are video clips by NHS doctors, nurses and other frontline staff to reassure communities that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and have been independently tested to the highest standards.  They are recorded in 18 languages, with a downloadable script in English.


Questions and Answers on vaccination for health and social care stakeholders

These are Questions and Answers on vaccination (not official guidance), prepared by the Department of Health and Social Care for stakeholders, updated regularly. DHSC's Questions and Answers on vaccination


Webinar – Your questions answered on the COVID-19 vaccine

This is a recording of a DHSC webinar for careworkers featuring Professor Jonathan Van Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Dr Nicki Kanani, GP and Deputy Lead of the COVID-19 Programme answering questions on topics such as side effects, and pregnancy and fertility.

Webinar: Your Questions Answered on the COVID-19 vaccine - YouTube, 21 May 2021.


Additional resources to address vaccine hesitancy


Pregnancy and post-pregnancy

There is a section in COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a on pregnancy and fertility and COVID-19 vaccination and information at:

Department of Health and Social Care information states:

  • Vaccination remains the best way to protect against the known risks of Covid-19 in pregnancy for both mother and baby, including admission to intensive care and premature birth.
  • Research shows pregnant women are more likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19 and 98 per cent of those in hospital due to COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Published data from mid-July show no pregnant woman who has had two doses of the vaccine was hospitalised from COVID-19 in the UK.  
  • Pregnant women are also more likely to have severe COVID-19 infection if they are overweight or obese. The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) recommend vaccination as one of the best defences against severe infection. The JCVI recommends Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines as the preferred vaccines for pregnant women coming for their first dose.
  • Advice for all women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding is here. If you are 40 or over, and are booking your COVID-19 vaccination on NBS you’ll be asked if you are pregnant. This is to make sure people who are pregnant are only shown appointments for Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
  • Here is a video from Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Chief Midwife for NHS England and NHS Improvement.
  • NHS England » NHS encourages pregnant women to get COVID-19 vaccine
     

Fertility

Sources of information include the British Fertility Society, Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

BFS & ARCS Covid-19 Vaccines & Fertility - updated FAQs - British Fertility Society and Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists 

The RCOG FAQs are here – Also on this page is a video from Prof Lucy Chappell about how the vaccine does not impact fertility. 

There is British Medical Journal article showing there is ‘no evidence that vaccines can affect fertility’. 
 

Proof of medical exemption from vaccination:

COVID-19 medical exemptions: proving you are unable to get vaccinated

 

 

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