Pharmacy staff C-19 vaccination

Pharmacy staff C-19 vaccination

February 12, 2021

To support healthcare workers, including community pharmacy staff, and community based social care workers to receive their COVID-19 vaccination, they now have the option to book their vaccination appointments in a vaccination centre or community pharmacy through the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Service.

Staff can book online at

Staff should try online booking first, but if this is not possible, they can phone 119 free of charge, 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week.

As part of the booking process, eligible staff need to self-declare they are a health or social care worker and they will be asked for identification and written authorisation when they attend their vaccination appointment. This includes a work photo ID card, a signed letter of authorisation from their employer or wage slip that is dated within the last 3 months. Where work photo ID is not available, alternative photographic identification is required to support verification.

Staff will be able to book this way for a limited period, until 28th February 2021.

Further information is available in a letter from NHS England and NHS Improvement published yesterday.

Vaccine uptake

In this week’s Primary Care Bulletin, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) shared a letter for all primary care contractors, including community pharmacy contractors, to encourage participation in its assurance work around staff coronavirus vaccinations.

CCGs or regional teams have been asking contractors about the proportion of their frontline staff who have been given a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. This is part of NHSE&I efforts to ensure that all those in the first four priority groups have been vaccinated by mid-February.

PSNC encourages contractors to complete these forms and return then, so far as they are able, to help provide the assurance that pharmacy staff have been vaccinated or have been given the opportunity to be vaccinated. This should also help to identify those members of staff who are still to receive a vaccination.

In many cases, LPCs have been notified in advance that the forms are being sent to contractors and may be able to assist with any local issues.

NHSE&I has indicated its thanks to all those who are helping to provide this information

Read the ‘Assurance of COVID-19 vaccination offer for all eligible health and social care workers’ letter

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