Health and social care staff can still access a first or second dose of the vaccine if needed by attending a drop-in clinic, or booking an appointment via local GP services or the national booking system (www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or phone 119).

The Government has confirmed that health and social care workers (HSCW) will be eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccination this autumn/winter, from six months after their second dose. A guide to who is eligible for COVID vaccinations as a frontline HSCW can be found below.

The National Booking System is now open for health and social care staff to self-declare that they are eligible for a COVID-19 booster. Use the website of call 119 to book an appointment at a number of community pharmacies across the county including Boots in Gloucester, Badhams Pharmacy in Bishops Cleeve, Cainscross Pharmacy in Stroud and Cirencester or Day Lewis and Allied Pharmacy in the Forest of Dean, subject to availability. Several more pharmacies will begin offering COVID vaccines in the coming weeks. We are aware that demand is high at the moment, but please keep checking the site for more appointment slots to be added.  At your appointment you will be asked to provide as proof of employment as a HSCW, so please make a note of the ID requirements when you book.

Alternatively, over the next couple of weeks, Primary Care Network sites will be offering ‘drop-in’ sessions where frontline staff who are already eligible for their booster (i.e. are beyond six months since their second dose) can walk-in without an appointment to get their jab. You do not need to be registered with one of the GP practices to attend.

Please make sure you take at least one of the following with you, plus your NHS number and vaccination card if you have it:

  • A recent letter from their employer
  • A staff ID badge
  • A recent (last 3 months) payslip which shows their employer
  • A eligibility letter or invitation to have their vaccine in the first phase of the programme from Gloucestershire CCG or Gloucestershire County Council

If you have any questions about the vaccination programme, please take a look at the Gloucestershire NHS COVID-19 portal in the first instance. We are in the process of updating this page with all the latest resources and FAQs, so its worth checking back regularly for updates.

Who are eligible frontline social care or health care workers in England?

People that have direct contact with patients, clients or service users at higher risk from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Health workers, for example:

  • You work in a clinical role (such as a doctor, nurse or dentist)
  • You have public facing contact in a non-clinical role (such as a receptionist or porter)
  • You work in a hospital laboratory, mortuary or a funeral home

Social care workers, for example:

  • You are a registered professional in social care (such as a social worker or nurse)
  • You work in residential care, nursing care or in supported living
  • You provide paid personal care for people in their homes

Community based social care workers eligible for COVID-19 vaccination

Occupational group Example of role
Direct care – These roles involve directly working with people who need care and support
  • Activities worker
  • Care worker
  • Personal Assistant
  • Rehabilitation, reablement, enablement worker
  • Shared lives Carer
  • Advocacy worker
Management of care and residential setting. These roles involve managerial responsibility for a small team, or a whole service.
  • Team leader or supervisor
  • Manager
  • Deputy Manager or team leader
  • Specialist coordinator, such as Dementia or end of life care coordinator
Social care support – These roles provide direct support and administrative functions
  •  Housing support Officer
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Social care prescriber/Care Navigator
  • Welfare rights
  • Employment advisor
  • Administration roles including finance, HR or marketing
  • Trainer or assessor
Ancillary staff in care and residential homes – These roles do not involve direct care but are vital to the running of social care services
  • Cook or Kitchen assistant
  • Housekeeping or domestic worker
  • Driver or transport manager
  • Maintenance
Regulated professionals – these roles require the worker to hold relevant qualifications and to be registered with a regulated body to practice.
  • Social worker
  • Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP)
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Nurse including nursing associate
  • Complimentary therapist
  • Counsellor

Who isn’t eligible

The following are, however, not eligible within this priority group as defined by the JCVI:

  • Administrative staff who do not have any direct contact with clients