About the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
The Covid-19 vaccination programme is the biggest in NHS history and a huge step forward in our fight against coronavirus. The vaccine is helping to protect people from serious illness, death and the long-term effects for some following a COVID-19 infection. The vaccine is saving tens of thousands of lives and is helping to support us all return to a more normal life. In South West London, close to three million jabs have been administered so far.
In England, Health and Social Care Workers were one of the first cohorts alongside the older and more vulnerable population, to be offered the COVID-19 vaccination, due to the important role staff play in keeping people safe and well. This was highly effective to ensure healthcare professionals (whether or not they are in direct face to face contact with patients), those in clinical, administration or auxiliary roles, remained safe in their environments to perform working duties effectively during this pandemic.
On 6 January 2022, the Government made new legislation , approved by Parliament, which amended the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 (“the 2014 Regulations”). This extends the scope of mandatory vaccination requirements for staff beyond registered care homes to health and wider social care settings in England.
This toolkit signposts documents and information available on the Vaccination. You can access the latest information and resources on the FutureNHS Platform.
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has confirmed that he would like to reconsider the legislation that requires vaccination as a condition of deployment. This will be subject to Parliamentary process and will require further consultation and a vote to change the legislation but it does mean that NHS employers will not be required to serve notice of termination to employees affected by the VCOD regulations.
The latest VCOD FAQs, with a line on care home workers included can we be found here.
VCOD for Healthcare Workers guidance – Phase 1: Planning and Preparation
Phase 2: VCOD Implementation (Including timeline)
Vaccinating frontline health and social care workers letter. Published 27 January 2021
Support available to help employees make a decision
If you are still making a decision about whether or not to have the COVID-19 vaccine, you can
book a confidential conversation with one of our vaccine team by emailing:
or via Swift Queue, where you can choose a suitable time for a confidential 30 minute appointment with a clinician.
Vaccination Hub Helpline
SWL has a helpline that you can access at any time. The hub is manned between the hours of 0900-1700 Monday to Friday, though you can contact the hub at any time by telephone or email and by completing the Eform. The vaccination hub team will respond to you within 24hrs of you contacting them and will support you with any queries that you have.
The team can support with helping you to access the vaccine by letting you know about vaccination site opening times or they can assist with any clinical concerns that you may have by arranging for you to have a one to one discussion with one of the clinicians.
The vaccination hub can be contacted the following ways:
Tel; 0203 880 0338
NHS England and NHS Improvement Webinars
NHS England and NHS Improvement will be running a variety of webinars to assist with communication and implementation of the VCOD legislation. You can sign up to them below:
3 February: HR Teams Topic – link to teams meeting
NHS England and NHS Improvement – Staff Vaccination Daily Q&A Drop-in Series
From Wednesday 26th January 2022 until February 3rd 2022, NHS England and NHS Improvement will be running daily drop-in Vaccine confidence Q&A sessions. These sessions are for all our staff to attend and will be an opportunity for you to ask any specific questions you might have regarding Covid-19 vaccines.
Each of these drops-in sessions will be tailored towards a specific audience and hosted by a relevant clinical professionals who will answer any questions and signpost you to any additional information. These sessions will provide a safe and supportive environment for you to ask any questions you may have about the COVID-19 vaccines. Dates, times and themes are:
• Monday 31 January: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Vaccines for Nursing and Midwifery Staff
• Tuesday 1 February: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Vaccines and Fertility
• Wednesday 2 February: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Vaccines for Healthcare Students
• Thursday 3 February: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Vaccines and the Science
To attend these sessions, please register here.
Vaccine confidence sessions hosted by South West London clinical professionals
Dates/Times: Monday 31st January 2-3pm, Wednesday 2nd February 4-5pm and Thursday 3rd February 9-10am.
Have you still got questions about the Covid-19 vaccine and how it works?
We will be joined by South West London clinical professionals, who will be on hand to share information and answer your questions. Drop in to ask your questions in a safe and supportive environment.
These sessions are open to all health and social care staff working or living in South West London.
Please join during any of the above days/times using the link here: https://bit.ly/3Gb48VY
NHS England provides a range of support resources available Support available for NHS people
Top tips to support health and care staff to have confident conversations with local people, patients and staff – Download here
Confident conversations training – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdtNXqVt9wk
This training is aimed at local leaders and staff to get equipped with right and current key messaging about COVID-19 and booster vaccinations and to receive confident conversations training.
Supporting your employees to get their Covid-19 booster toolkit – https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/covid-19-vaccine/resources/employer-toolkit/
COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant or breastfeeding – COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant or breastfeeding – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
COVID-19 vaccination: guide for adults – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-guide-for-older-adults
COVID-19 vaccination: British Sign Language resources – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-british-sign-language-resources
Easy-read leaflets – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-easy-read-resources
Guidance to support COVID-19 vaccine uptake in frontline staff – https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/guidance-to-support-covid-19-vaccine-uptake-in-frontline-staff/
A full list of frequently asked questions can be found here: https://swlondonccg.nhs.uk/covid/your-questions/
Guidance from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
- Getting the coronavirus vaccine for work – https://www.acas.org.uk/working-safely-coronavirus/getting-the-coronavirus-vaccine-for-work
- Advice on dismissals – https://www.acas.org.uk/dismissals
- Disciplinary and grievance procedures – https://www.acas.org.uk/disciplinary-and-grievance-procedures
- Dealing with a problem raised by an employee – https://www.acas.org.uk/dealing-with-a-problem-raised-by-an-employee
- Tailored support for your workplace – https://www.acas.org.uk/tailored-support-for-your-workplace
- Informing and consulting employees – https://www.acas.org.uk/informing-and-consulting-employees
- Notice periods – https://www.acas.org.uk/notice-periods
- Pay during the notice period – https://www.acas.org.uk/final-pay-when-someone-leaves-a-job/pay-during-the-notice-period
- Discrimination, bullying, and harassment – https://www.acas.org.uk/discrimination-bullying-and-harassment
- Reasonable adjustments – https://www.acas.org.uk/reasonable-adjustments
- Hiring someone – https://www.acas.org.uk/hiring-someone