Personal Assistant Vaccination Programme
Covid 19 Vaccinations for Personal Assistants/Support Workers Employed by Direct Payment and Personal Health Budget Recipients
As Personal Assistants and/or Support Workers providing care and support to Direct Payment and Personal Health Budget recipients are classed as front line health and social care workers, and are therefore on the priority list published by HM Government for the Covid 19 vaccination programme. This priority applies to all personal assistants (PAs), whether they are self-employed or directly employed by you, including those PAs who may only provide support to you whilst your regular PAs take a break or are off work.
Bradford Council is co-ordinating the vaccination programme for PAs. We will not be writing to PAs directly about the Covid 19 vaccination programme, as such, we request that Serivce Users and/or Nominated Individuals inform your PAs of how they can book a vaccination appointment, a letter will have been sent out to you direct with the information contained on this webpage.
How does your PA get a Covid 19 Vaccination?Your PA will need to complete and sign a consent to share information form, consenting for their information being shared with Bradford Council and Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. You, as their employer, must retain copies of the signed consent forms.
To support your PAs in receiving their vaccination, they must contact the Covid-19 Support Team on the vaccination hotline. Before calling, your PAs must have the following information to hand:
- Full name (first name and surname)
- Date of Birth
- Full address
- Mobile Number
- Personal Email address
- NHS Number (this can be provided by their GP Practice or by clicking this link HERE)
Once your PAs have all the information above, they should call Tel. 01274 431999 to
book a vaccination. By the PA calling this number, we will take this as consent to sharing their information with the Council and NHS for the purpose of booking this appointment.
When they are booking their appointment, they will have to confirm the name and address of their employer and the name of the person they are caring for (if different to the employer).
Please be aware that the answer machine for the above number is not monitored, in order to arrange an appointment, your PAs will need to continue calling until you reach the team. The phone line will be operated It will be 08:30 till 16:30 Monday to Thursday and 08:30 to 16:00 Friday.
In order for your PAs to receive their vaccination at their appointment, an email will be sent with a letter attached. This letter will confirm their employment within Social Care, they will need to take this and a form of ID with them to confirm their identity to their vaccination appointment.
To support you in recording which of your Personal Assistants have recieved a vaccine, or if you wish to request appointments on their behalf, please complete the DP/PA Tracker Spreadsheet and submit this to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject title DP/PA Vaccinations.
What if my carer is employed by a care organisation?If you use a care organisation to provide your care and support, for example a home care company, rather than working with a directly employed or self-employed PA, then the care agency will arrange the bookings for the Covid 19 vaccination for their care staff with the Council.
Priority groups for vaccination
The priority groups for the Covid 19 vaccination programme, as detailed by HM Government, are listed below. If you, or members of your household, fall within any of these priority groups your GP practice will contact you directly to inform you of how to book a vaccination, as the vaccination programme is rolled out by priority group. The Covid 19 vaccination booking information contained in this letter applies to PAs employed through Direct Payments and Personal Health Budgets only.
This priority list for the Covid 19 vaccination programme is as follows:
1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3. all those 75 years of age and over
4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5. all those 65 years of age and over
6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which
put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7. all those 60 years of age and over
8. all those 55 years of age and over
9. all those 50 years of age and over
Further information about Covid 19
To ensure you have up to date information and guidance about Covid-19 and personal budgets please visit the DP Zone on Bradford and District Connect to Support website, the website can be found at: https://bradford.connecttosupport.org/direct-payment-zone/
The Covid-19 Vaccine should not be given to:
- Individuals who have had a positive Covid-19 test within 28 days, however the vaccination can be given after the 28 day period has expired
- Individuals who have had multiple, immediate anaphylactic reactions to more than one drug. These individuals should not receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, but will be eligible for the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. BTHFT are only able to offer the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine, but both Lynfield Mount and Airedale hospital vaccination hubs have recently begun vaccination with the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. Separate arrangements for booking these appointments will be available if required.
- Individuals who are 10 days either pre or post-surgery
If you are Pregnant or Breast Feeding: in appropriate circumstances the Covid-19 vaccination can be given, however it is not routinely recommended for pregnant women. If you have a query about this please contact NHS 119.
If staff are of childbearing age please see the advice from the NHS website - LINK (Some information from the NHS and Government website has been included later on this page)