The Covid-19 vaccine

The vaccination programmes are managed by the health departments in each UK country or crown dependency. Information on arrangements for each territory can be found in the FAQs below.

Message from the CSP's CEO Karen Middleton

CSP vaccine policy statement

The CSP supports vaccination as a key public health intervention which saves lives and reduces the chances of debilitating long-term illnesses including Covid.

Vaccines are tested and shown to be both safe and effective. We therefore encourage all members and patients for whom vaccinations are recommended to be vaccinated.

We recognise, however, that a person’s individual state of health, or personal beliefs, may mean that vaccination is not appropriate for everyone. We therefore believe that vaccination should remain voluntary.

In prioritising vaccine programmes we believe that the disproportionate health outcomes for Black and Asian people should be considered as a significant risk factor. People from BAME backgrounds should have a higher priority for Covid vaccination.

We support members across all sectors in delivering vaccination programmes, but believe vaccination programmes and services should seek to minimise impacts on vital patient care. We therefore welcome initiatives to use the independent sector and returners to the profession as vaccinators.

We welcome the acceptance of governments that all frontline health and care staff, regardless of which sector they work in, should be high priorities for Covid vaccination. We also believe this should apply to students on placements involving face-to-face patient contact.

When will I be able to receive the vaccine?

This will depend on where you live.

England

The NHS Covid-19 vaccination booking service allows any person to self-refer for a vaccine appointment if they are:

  • aged 18 or over
  • aged 17 and within 3 months of their 18th birthday.

There are also local walk-in coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination sites that do not require appointments. They can be attended by anyone aged 16 or over.

Booster vaccination

Healthcare workers will shortly be able to book their Covid booster appointment online through the NHS Covid-19 vaccination booking service or by ringing 119. As part of the booking process, you will need to self-declare you are a frontline health care worker. When booking, you will be advised on the evidence you will need to provide at the vaccination site as of proof of employment.

For non-healthcare workers you can book your COVID-19 booster vaccine dose through the online NHS Covid-19 vaccination booking service, if you have been contacted by the NHSand you are either:

You'll only be able to book an appointment for a booster dose if it's been at least 6 months (180 days) since your 2nd dose of the vaccine.

(Last updated 22 August 2021)


Wales

All adults in Wales aged 18 and over are now eligible for vaccination. Anyone who has not been invited for their vaccine can contact their health board for an appointment.


Northern Ireland

All adults aged 18 and over are eligible for vaccination. For more information visit HSC Covid-19 NI.


Scotland

All adults aged 18 and over on (and including) 31 October 2021 are now eligible for vaccination. For more information visit NHS Inform.


Crown dependencies

Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man are following the same approach as the UK. Physios and physio support workers across all sectors are in the second tier of priority for vaccinations.

Isle of Man

Anyone aged 18 years and over, or is three months away from turning 18, is now able to register for a vaccine. Additionally, 16- and 17-year-olds are able to now register their interest for a vaccine. There are two ways to register for your vaccination:

Channel Islands

The CSP has asked the public health authorities in Guernsey and Jersey to clarify arrangements for members across all sectors. Updates will be posted here.

  • Guernsey: All residents aged 18 years or over are eligible for vaccination. You can book your appointment by contacting the Vaccination Call Centre on 01481 220006.
  • Jersey: All residents aged 16 and over are eligible for vaccination. You can book your appointment online.

Am I eligible for a booster Covid-19 vaccination?

  • The government will shortly start to offer booster doses to individuals who received a vaccination in Phase 1 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme (priority groups 1-9). This includes: 
    • Those living in residential care homes for older adults;
    • All adults aged 50 years or over;
    • Frontline health and social care workers;**
    • All those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the Green Book) and adult carers; and
    • Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.
  • People aged 12 and over with severely weakened immune systems may receive a letter from their hospital consultant or GP sooner if they are eligible for a third vaccine dose.

    For more information, read the JCVI statement on a third primary dose vaccination.

    ** Health and social care workers will shortly be able to book their Covid booster appointment online through the NHS Covid-19 vaccination booking service or by ringing 119. As part of the booking process, you will need to self-declare you are a frontline health care worker. When booking, you will be advised on the evidence you will need to provide at the vaccination site as of proof of employment.

(Last updated 22 September 2021)


Are children eligible for the vaccination?

(Last updated 21 September 2021)


Are vaccinations already mandatory for NHS staff?

It is not currently mandatory (i.e. required by law) for healthcare staff to be immunised. For further guidance, this is covered by Public Health England’s Green Book: Chapter 12 Immunisation of healthcare and laboratory staff.

However, it is important to check your own Trust’s staff immunisation policy as they may have their own requirements to work in specific clinical areas. For example, Trusts may require staff to prove that they have been vaccinated or are immune to Hepatitis B before carrying out exposure prone procedures.


 Covid-19 status certification

What does the CSP think about 'vaccine passports'?

  • The CSP has submitted a response to the UK government consultation on Covid-19 status certification. Read the full statement:

Can I restrict group sessions or individual treatment to people who have been fully vaccinated?

No. The CSP does not support the practice of asking patients about their vaccination status. Vaccination status is a person’s private health information and is therefore special category data under the Data Protection Act. You must not use vaccination status as a factor in determining who can access your services as this may lead to an allegation of discrimination against you.

The Information Commissioner's Office provides clear guidance that sets out that if you are collecting vaccination status details, then you must make it clear to people how you will use that information via your privacy notices. 

You can find more information and resources on how to remain safe while treating patients and your rights and responsibilities in the Personal protective equipment (PPE) – guidance, resources and FAQs section.


Can I ask people to declare their Covid-19 vaccine status when they apply for educational courses that I am running?

No. Subject to national requirements and any local restrictions that may be in place, members may be able to restart offering in-person educational courses. The CSP does not support the practice of asking course applicants about their vaccination status.

Vaccination status is a person’s private health information and is therefore special category data under the Data Protection Act. The Information Commissioner's Office provides clear guidance that sets out that if you are collecting vaccination status details of employees, then you must make it clear to people how you will use that information via your privacy notices . These principles may also apply to requests for vaccination status in other settings such as educational course provision. You must not use vaccination status as a factor in determining who can attend your courses as this may lead to an allegation of discrimination against you.


Do I need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to deliver physiotherapy services in care homes?

From 11 November 2021 care homes must only allow individuals who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (or exempt) entry inside of a care home. This requirement will apply to healthcare workers visiting a care home in a professional capacity. Healthcare professionals must provide the care home with satisfactory evidence that:

  • they have been vaccinated with the complete course of an authorised Covid-19 vaccine
  • or they are exempt for medical reasons

You can find out more in the Department of Health and Social Care guidance issued to care homes. NHS England and Improvement is due to issue specific guidance for healthcare professionals who visit care homes. 

ACAS has produced advice on the new government rules around the vaccination of healthcare staff working in care homes. For more information read: ACAS: vaccination in care homes in England.

(Updated 15 September 2021)


I deliver physiotherapy in a care home but I am unable to have a Covid-19 vaccine for medical reasons. What should I do?

If you are a healthcare worker visiting or working in a care home in a professional capacity and have a medical reason why you are unable to have a Covid-19 vaccine you will be able to self-certify. From 15th September 2021 a temporary self-certification process has been introduced for a short period prior to the launch of the new NHS COVID Pass system.

You will need to sign the Self-certification form for people with medical exemptions and give this to your employer as proof of your temporary exemption status.

There is a separate self-certification form for people vaccinated abroad.

Once the NHS COVID Pass system is launched, you will need to apply for a formal medical exemption through that process. This temporary self-certification will expire 12 weeks after the NHS COVID Pass system is launched.

For further details read Temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes.

(Updated 20 September 2021)


We will update these FAQs as any further information becomes available

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