The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for Covid-19 is available from today (4th January 2021).
Care home staff are first in line to receive the vaccine, along with residents.
Here, we’ll explain how the Oxford vaccine will be added to the UK-wide vaccination process, and how agency nurses and carers can access it.
How the Oxford vaccine process will roll out
The first Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccinations will be available in hospitals for the first few days of this week. Later in the week, the bulk of supplies will be sent to care homes and GP-led services.
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine roll out will also continue.
How to get the vaccination
We think you’ll now be able to find more opportunities to get the vaccine than previously.
This is because the Oxford vaccine can be stored at fridge temperatures, making it easier to distribute to care homes.
Get the vaccine via a care home
Being aligned to a home is the quickest way to access the vaccine.
If you are regularly working at a care home already, let them know you should be included in their plans for immunisation.
If you are not regularly working at a care home, try to book more than one shift at the same place, so you can create an alignment with the home.
As well as using Florence to find shifts near you, you could ask your account manager about block booking and exclusive contract opportunities at nearby homes. Call them on 020 3911 2555 or email [email protected] to talk further about this.
Get the vaccine via your GP
You may, alternatively, be able to access the vaccine via your GP - give their office a call to check if they have news on when it will be available.
In the coming weeks, the vaccine will be given via:
- Hospital hubs for NHS and care staff, and older patients.
- Local community services with local teams and GPs.
- Vaccination centres, ensuring people can access a vaccine regardless of where they live
With this in mind, speak to your GP about what will be available in your area.
Florence letter of employment
When receiving the vaccine, you may be required to show proof of your role as a frontline care worker.
Here to help
We’re always here to provide the latest guidance and help you find work in your area - if you have any questions at all, please get in touch. Simply speak to your account manager directly, call us on 020 3911 2555 or email [email protected], and we’ll do our best to help you.
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