COVID-19 Vaccine

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Key information, guidance and resources for Care Providers on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Key Information

Latest guidance

Updated guidance: Protecting care home residents during COVID-19

The new summary outlines the changes to the ‘Admission and care of residents in a care home during COVID-19’ as of 24 February 2022. Change made:

  • Updated to reflect the government has committed to provision of free COVID-19 PPE to the adult social care sector until March 2023 (or until the guidance on PPE usage for COVID-19 is either withdrawn or substantially amended)
  • Updated to reflect the removal of the legal requirement for people with COVID-19 to self-isolate in line with government’s approach to living with COVID

Read the full guidance

Download the easy-read guide for protecting residents in care homes during COVID-19

New guidance has been published containing information on the spring booster dose for eligible individuals

People aged 75 years and older, residents in care homes for older people, and those with weakened immune systems will be offered a spring booster of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. Appointments will be available from the National Booking Service shortly.

Read the full guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): updated advice for pregnant employees

Updated 14 February. What has changed:

  • Measures put in place under Plan B in England have been lifted
  • There is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering. The government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet

Read the full guidance

Updated guidance – COVID-19 vaccinations received overseas

If you have received a COVID vaccination overseas, download this short guide to how your vaccination needs to comply with UK guidance.

Updated Guidance – Regulatory Approval of COVID-19 Vaccine Nuvaxovid

Updated guidance has been published about regulatory approval of the new COVID-19 vaccine Nuvaxovid, which provides a summary of product characteristics for Nuvaxovid dispersion for injection.

Read the full details

Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have any of these 3 coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, even if mild, use this service to get a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • You’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or they’ve changed
  • You can order a PCR test kit to be sent to your home or book an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through test site

If you have symptoms, self-isolate straight away until you get your results. Do not leave home, except to post a test kit or for a PCR test appointment. Check if the people you live with need to self-isolate

You should not use this service if you’ve received a positive PCR test result in the last 90 days, unless you get any new COVID-19 symptoms.

Get a free PCR test if you have symptoms

It is important that managers continue to update the status of staff on the Capacity Tracker.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care

Provision of home care guidance has been updated in line with the latest clinical advice from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). This update brings together guidance for social care staff, registered providers, local authorities and commissioners who support and deliver care to people in their own homes in England.

Meanwhile, recent updates have been made to protect people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 and restricting workforce movement between care homes and other care settings. See also revisions to the code of practice for the international recruitment of health and social care personnel.

Innova 25 throat and nose rapid testing

New guidance has been published for care home staff: throat and nose test (Innova 25) COVID-19 rapid test kit instructions. Page summary:

  • Step-by-step guide for COVID-19 self-testing for adult health and social care staff
  • Rapid tests are only for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19

How to get your winter vaccines if you work in Social Care

Download our handy posters telling you where you need to go to get your COVID-19 1st and 2nd jabs, your winter flu and COVID-19 booster jabs.

HSE video on COVID-19 and fresh air ventilation

The HSE has produced a short video on tips for making sure your workplace/care home is well ventilated, to help combat the spread of COVID-19 during the winter months. Watch the video on Youtube.

Operational guidance – COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of deployment in care homes

Operational guidance has been published on the COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of deployment in care homes. Please read more at: Vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes: operational guidance – GOV.UK ( The guidance covers:

  • Why to have the vaccine
  • The policy
  • Demonstrating evidence of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Medical exemptions
  • Registered persons entering the home
  • Guidance for staff, local authorities, visiting professionals, residents, relatives and friends#opguidance

See the Statement on COVID-19 vaccination of people working/deployed in care homes: the role of the Care Quality Commission from the Care Quality Commission.

COVID-19 action planning and checklist

How to get the vaccine now

If you haven’t booked your first dose yet, you can go online now to book your vaccination appointment at or call 119.

Alternatively visit a walk-in or pop up vaccination clinic. Please see the map of walk in and pop up vaccination clinics.

If you have any issues, you can contact for help.

It’s vitally important you get your vaccine to keep yourself safe from the virus, to keep your families and colleagues safe, and to ensure those we care for are also protected.


Guidance has been updated in relation to the NHS COVID Pass: see NHS COVID Pass. The page covers: How to get the NHS COVID Pass and demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) status

From 23 September, you will be able to store your NHS COVID Pass in Apple Wallet, even if your device is offline.

How to talk to people who are nervous about the COVID-19 vaccine

Social care workers COVID-19 vaccine FAQs

Guidance and information

Please see below a list of key guidance around the COVID-19 vaccine:

For all care providers:

Announcement on Guidance

PHE publishes COVID-19 vaccine guidance for health and social care workers. Please see the new story.

Delivering an NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme Q&A

Vaccinator training recommendations

Please see the guidance on vaccination training to support healthcare workers involved in delivering the programme.

How are COVID-19 vaccines being developed so quickly?

Vaccine information in community languages

NHS doctors, nurses and other frontline staff have come forward to help reassure communities that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and have been independently tested to the highest standards.

NHS staff have recorded messages in some of the most commonly spoken languages – apart from English – in the capital to help ensure messages about the importance of getting a COVID-19 vaccine reach all Londoners.

Please visit the NHS COVID-19 vaccine communication materials page for videos and leaflets.

Please also see 210507 Resources in different community languages for material in different languages.

Vaccine webinar with leading experts answers your queries

Minister for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment, Nadhim Zahawi and two of the country’s leading clinical experts, Professor Jonathan Van Tam (pictured) and Dr Nikita Kanani, have participated in an interactive webinar, giving care colleagues the chance to ask questions about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. 

Consent to coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination(Information from Alzheimer’s society United Against Dementia)

Older people and those with dementia are among the early groups to be offered a coronavirus vaccine. Deciding whether to have the vaccine or not is a choice for those who are offered it but some people with dementia will not be able to decide for themselves. For more information please visit Consent to coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination.

The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: additional guidance

Please see DHSC guidance on offering a vaccine to someone who lacks the relevant mental capacity

Covid-19 frequently asked questions about fertility and pregnancy

COVID-19 vaccine guidance for Care Homes

Below are the forms which will be completed when co-administering COVID boosters and flu vaccinations for care home residents and staff. These act as a safety check on the day but the homes can use their existing consent forms for power of attorney or best interest signed consents for those that lack capacity.

Aashna House – a vaccine success story

Communication, care and trust. Staff at Aashna House Residential Care Home for the Asian community, talk about how they supported all colleagues and residents to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

SWL COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A session for Care Homes with Dr Agnelo Fernandes

Please see the pre-recorded COVID-19 Vaccine webinar in which a Doctor answers questions on the vaccine and a Care Home staff member who survived COVID-19 shares his story.

London care homes COVID-19 vaccine FAQs and information pack

Minister for Social Care’s letter to Care Home Managers and Directors of Adult Social Services

National Mental Capacity Forum Webinar: The MCA and COVID Vaccination in Care Homes

With the imminent roll-out of COVID vaccinations in care homes, the National Mental Capacity Forum has hosted a Rapid Response Webinar to share knowledge and reinforce good practice in consenting patients for the new COVID vaccinations, and to empower clinicians to have meaningful engagement with vaccine recipients. See National Mental Capacity Forum Webinar: The MCA and COVID Vaccination in Care Homes for the recorded webinar.

For relatives of Care Home residents:

Information for relatives of care home residents

On the 4th and 5th January we ran two Q&A sessions for relatives of care home residents to provide the opportunity to ask questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and the roll out in Care Homes. Below is the presentation used and log of questions asked.


For a range of resources please visit the Public Health England’s COVID-19 vaccine resources page. The COVID-19 vaccines toolkit for adult social care has been updated, with new resources on vaccines and fertility, breastfeeding, and the importance of second doses. You can now access the toolkit through Public Health England’s Campaign Resource Centre, the Capacity Tracker, or directly via our Google Drive.

For all Care Providers:

Covid-19 Guide for healthcare workers (leaflet)

All frontline health and social care workers are being offered the COVID-19 vaccine which will help protect you against the COVID-19 disease.

Covid-19 Guide for adults (leaflet)

This leaflet explains about the COVID-19 vaccination, who is eligible and who needs to have the vaccine to protect them from Coronavirus.

What to expect after your COVID-19 Vaccine (leaflet)

Information for people who have had their first COVID-19 vaccination

For Care Homes only:

Consent forms and letters for care home resident

Please see Consent forms and letters for care home residents

Page last updated on April 7th, 2022 at 4:33pm

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