Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Guidance for Staff Bookings

The Covid-19 vaccination programme, including for workforce, has been rolling out at pace and we have compiled below information and resources available to support individuals, organisations and communities across Birmingham and the surrounding areas.

Information from Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group

Birmingham and Solihull Vaccination Update

Update as at 28/10/2021

Please continue to promote the COVID-19 booster to your staff. National media and NHS England are taking a particular interest in staff vaccinations across the country, especially in light of the Health Secretary’s announcement on the possible mandating of the jab for health staff.

Hospital Hubs are open to BWC, UHB, BSMHFT, WMAS and BSOL CCG colleagues, who can book via the DoctorDoctor links that have been shared with those eligible staff via the central team. For all other health and social care, staff should be directed to the national booking service (NBS) website to book their appointment at either Edgbaston Cricket Ground, a community pharmacy, or GP surgery. Given the pressure on primary care, we would encourage staff to attend Edgbaston, or a pharmacy, wherever possible.

Additional updates - previous weeks

Staff vaccinations - boosters

Nationally, the Covid-19 booster is either Pfizer or Moderna. In BSol it is Pfizer. It does not matter what your previous doses were, there is no evidence that mixing vaccines reduces effectiveness.

COVID-19 boosters and flu vaccines are being co-adminstered. There is no reason why people cannot have both at the same time if they wish to and it is commonplace for people to be offered the flu jab (where available) when they attend for the COVID-19 booster. It is personal choice, some people choose to have them separately as they will be given one in each arm if co-administered, and some people prefer to have both together.

Attached is a script you can adapt for your organisation.

*It is important to note that staff will not be given the booster dose unless they are 6 months post their second dose. Please make this clear in the communications you send out so that they are not disappointed.​ 

Staff who visit care homes

Please continue to promote messaging to staff who visit care homes, as part of their role. All visitors to care homes must have two doses of the vaccination by 11 November in order to enter; this is a legal requirement. Please use the latest resources we have shared to encourage health and social care staff to ensure they are double vaccinated. Please also remind staff that they will be required to take a lateral flow test upon arrival at the home.

Further Updates

Clean Air Zone exemption for vaccination appointments

As many of you will be aware, on 1 June 2021 Birmingham is set to introduce a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in order to reduce harmful emission and improve air quality in our city. This will see polluting vehicles charged £8 enter the zone. The Clean Air Zone tariff only applies to those vehicles which do not comply with the low emissions regulations therefore the majority of people (approx. 80%) will not be affected.

Millennium Point VC is within the zone and therefore to prevent those attending for a COVID-19 vaccination, we have put in place a voucher system to exempt customers from the charge. Visitors will be given a unique voucher code at their appointment alongside the car park ticket validation. This code can be entered into the payment portal to zero the charge. We are hoping to have staff on site with access to the portal to help people with using the CAZ portal if they want to do it there and then.

Vaccine passports

As you may have read, the NHS App went live with vaccination status on Monday 17 May. This will provide a ‘passport’ model for people to provide they have been vaccinated in order to travel or take part in other activities. We anticipate this will increase demand for vaccinations.

The link below details how people will be able to access details of their vaccinations for travel from 17 May. It makes it clear that GPs cannot provide this information. Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting

Although serious side effects are very rare, if you experience any of the following from around 4 days to 4 weeks after vaccination you should seek medical advice urgently:

  • a new, severe headache which is not helped by usual painkillers or is getting worse
  • a headache which seems worse when lying down or bending over
  • an unusual headache that may be accompanied by:
    • blurred vision, nausea and vomiting
    • difficulty with your speech
    • weakness, drowsiness or seizures
  • new, unexplained pinprick bruising or bleeding
  • shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal pain

Further information can be found at NHS.UK.           

Public Health England Covid Vaccine resources: https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/

Other Key messages:

A comprehensive list of FAQs and information is available on dedicated Birmingham and Solihull COVID-19 Vaccination website to aid you in answering questions, however, please do let Communications know if there are concerns being raised that are not covered in the FAQs.

View a range of staff testimonials here.

Vaccine hesitancy – communication toolkits

We know that there are groups who are unsure about taking the vaccine and as such considerable work is being undertaken to reassure and promote the safety and efficacy of the vaccine particularly among our BAME communities and younger female colleagues. We continue to produce social media assets and updated FAQs to support answering questions and promoting the vaccination programme.

Our dedicated website, which had over 90,000 views last week alone, is updated daily and contains social media images, staff and public case studies, videos from BAME local clinicians, translated leaflets, interfaith messages, recordings of online sessions and mythbusters.

You can access these here.

We’d encourage you to share these resources on your channels and to flag any new myths, rumours etc to us so we can address these in any new materials.

Further information and queries

For more information about the vaccine and FAQs, leaflets and videos, please visit the Birmingham and Solihull Covid Vaccination website here.

Any queries regarding Covid vaccination for health and social care staff should be directed to [email protected]

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