The CSP has welcomed today’s publication of advice clarifying how physios and support workers will access Covid-19 vaccinations in England.
Under new NHS operational guidance, NHS hospitals will act as vaccination hubs for both NHS workers and healthcare professionals working in the independent and voluntary sectors. Booked slots are being proposed where possible.
NHS employers will manage the call-up of NHS staff, while local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will collate non-NHS names for call-up.
Some CCGs have already started contacting larger independent providers for details of staff requiring vaccination. Details of how other non-NHS practitioners can register with CCGs will vary by locality.
Members are advised to check their local CCG websites next week for further information on local arrangements.
Commenting on the new guidance, the CSP's policy director Rob Yeldham said: 'It is great to finally have clarity about the process for healthcare professionals to access Covid-19 vaccinations in England.
The CSP has been pushing for this for some time. We are also pressing the governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to clarify their arrangements urgently.
The independent Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation has recommended to all UK governments that healthcare workers, across all sectors, should be vaccinated in the second tier of priority patients and staff.
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