Initially the focus is on vaccinating people aged 80 and over, priority NHS staff in direct contact with patients, older people who live in care homes and staff who work in care homes for older people.
The vaccine rollout for the next group of people has also commenced and this includes some frontline health and social care workers.
The government want to ensure that the majority of eligible frontline health and social care workers are offered the vaccination by mid-February. This will not include all frontline social care roles as the focus will be on colleagues working closely with clinically vulnerable adults and children, for example those providing direct care.
The vaccination process is being managed by the NHS and we are working closely with them to identify colleagues who meet the eligibility criteria.
We're also working with organisations in the private, voluntary and independent care sector to ensure that these services are included in the vaccination programme.
If your role with us means that you are identified as eligible, you will be contacted by your manager or by our COVID vaccinations team to book a vaccination appointment. In some cases, you may be offered a slot a very short notice. If you receive an invitation to attend for vaccination, this invitation is only for you and must not be sent on to anyone else.
It's really important that you do not contact your GP to book a vaccination appointment unless you have received a letter advising you to do so.
More information about the vaccination programme is available from Joined Up Care Derbyshire.
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