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March 11, 2022

How do agency nurses and carers get the coronavirus vaccine?

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COVID-19: Nurses & Carers

[Update February 2021] You can now book your vaccine directly via the NHS website: click here to book your vaccine online.

The Covid-19 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is now being rolled out across UK care homes.

Here, we’ll explain how nurses and carers working via Florence and agencies can access the vaccine.

How to get vaccinated now

Currently, being aligned to a home is the quickest route for frontline agency workers to access the vaccine.

If you are regularly working at a care home already, let them know that you are to be included in their plans for immunisation, as a frontline worker at their care setting. 

If you are not regularly working at a care home already, you should look to book more than one shift at the same place. 

Your options for doing this are:

  1. Book several shifts with the same home 
  2. Block-book shifts with a home
  3. Start an exclusive work contract with a home

You can find out about possible availability of block bookings and exclusive contracts in your area by having a conversation with your account manager. Reach them on or by calling 0203 911 2555.

Florence letter of employment

When receiving the vaccine, you may be required to show proof of your role as a frontline care worker.

Florence can provide you with a letter of employment for this. To request one, please call your account manager on 0203 911 2555, or email us at

What if I can’t get aligned to a care home?

You may be lucky enough to be able to access the vaccine via your GP - give them a call to check if it's available.

However, the majority of GPs are unfortunately not able to provide the vaccine yet.

As Florence doesn't have access to your GPs’ details, it’s not possible for us to advise you when your GP will be offering it. We therefore encourage you to go through the care home system as the quickest route to receiving the vaccine.

We recommend getting regularly tested until you are able to be vaccinated. 

As the vaccine is rolled out, it will become more widely available - but we do not have accurate estimates or dates from the government yet on when all care staff will be immunised. We expect the rollout period to last several months into 2021. You can find out the latest information about the rollout timeline here.

We are monitoring for new information all the time and will be sure to update you of more ways to receive the vaccine when we know them. 

Here to help

We’re always here to provide the latest guidance and help you find work in your area - please get in touch any time by speaking to your account manager directly, calling us on 020 3911 2555 or emailing and we’ll do our best to help you.

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