On this page you can find up to date links, documents and other publications publicly available, we urge you to check our membership page for further information for Care England members only. COVID-19 (VACCINE) page.  (for login details members please send email to info@careengland.org.uk)

Please see letter from Director of Adult Social Care Delivery and Covid-19 Response, Claire Armstrong, on the rollout of spring boosters for residents of care homes for older adults.
This follows the advice of the JCVI, 21 February 2022.

Vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) in care homes, wider social care and healthcare

Q&A following government’s announcement of its decision to revoke the regulations – 17 March 2022

COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Programme 

Care Home Provider Forum – 8th February 2022 – Presentation slides

New paper on good practice for local booster vaccination – letter 3 February 2022
Protecting the Adult Social Care sector – Good Practice for Local Booster Vaccination, draws on examples of excellent initiatives to drive booster uptake that are taking place across the country.

Vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) in wider social care (social care settings other than care homes) – letter 2 February 2022

Letter from the Director General of Adult Social Care, Michelle Dyson, regarding vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) in wider adult social care settings. This letter relates to the second VCOD regulations and is therefore not for care homes.

COVID-19 vaccination: booster dose resources – Guidance 

Published16 September 2021| Last updated 2 February 2022 ‚Äî 

COVID-19 vaccination programme – collection

Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme.

  • Guidance
  • Training resources
  • Consent forms and letters
  • Leaflets, posters and resources
  • Surveillance
  • Programme documents

Support for COVID-19 booster vaccinations for social care staff letter – 24 December 2021
This letter is to remind providers of social care services that there is money available to support your staff to get their vaccinations.

Temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination of people working/deployed in care homes letter 15.09.2021

Medical exemption – vaccination as a condition of deployment Self-certification form 15.09.2021

Medical exemption – vaccination as a condition of deployment – Self-certification form for people vaccinated abroad 15.09.2021

PHE monitoring of the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination – guidance
Published 26 March 2021 | Last updated 14 September 2021 + show all updates
Data on the real-world efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines.


COVID-19 vaccination and rare side effects –  Collection 

Published 7 April 2021 | Last updated:14 December 2021, 
Guidance relating to blood clotting, myocarditis and Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) after COVID-19 vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting – guide – Information about your vaccination

Public Health England Briefing note 07 April 2021
National incident in response to reports of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia following vaccination with the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine.


DOES ONE DOSE OF VACCINE STOP COVID-19 INFECTION IN CARE HOME RESIDENTS? – Summary of recent findings from COVID-19 research in care homes, VIVALDI Study

CAN CARE HOME STAFF AND RESIDENTS BE INFECTED WITH COVID-19 MORE THAN ONCE? –  Summary of recent findings from COVID-19 research in care homes, VIVALDI Study

Letter to all London Care and Nursing Home managers – 18 June 2021

Letter from Denise Radley, Chair of London ADASS and Jane Clegg, Joint London Chief Nurse NHS England and Improvement, regarding the recent announcement on mandatory vaccination for care staff in care homes and as the country moves towards the ending of pandemic restrictions on Monday 19 July.

Consultation response on making COVID-19 vaccination a condition of deployment – 16 June 2021
Letter from Stuart Miller, Director of Adult Social Care Delivery DHSC to care home providers, managers, social care providers.

Making vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homesconsultation outcome 16 June 2021

Letter to social care providers and employers – Access to vaccination via the National Booking Service and Primary Care Networks – 21 April 2021

Letter from Dr Nikita Kanani (Medical Director for Primary Care, NHSE/I) and David Pearson (Chair, Social Care Taskforce, DHSC) regarding access to vaccinations for social care workers via the National Booking Service (NBS) and through primary care networks.

Staff vaccine refusal/hesitancy – Care England resource document

Last updated 15 April 2021
This document aims to give members a list of sources that they can share with their employees who are hesitant to take the vaccine. It also provides links to articles about legal advice around mandatory vaccination and letting staff go due to refusal. The document is available for Care England members only and can be found under COVID-19 / Vaccine tab  Click here to login.

Letter from Stuart Miller, DHSC’s Director for Adult Social Care Delivery, to Local Authority Chief Executives, Directors of Adult Social Services, older adult care home providers and older adult care home managers. – 14 April 2021
Consultation on making COVID-19 vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homes

COVID-19 Vaccination Update – Written Ministerial Statement made on 14 April 2021 by Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Priority groups for phase 2 of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme: advice from the JCVI – guidance 

Published 26 February 2021 | Last updated: 13 April 2021, 
Interim statement from the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI) on the groups that should be prioritised for vaccination in phase 2 of the programme.


Social media cards 

Card 1 – People with a learning disability who have the most support needs (sometimes called having a severe and profound learning disability), are in group 6 to get the coronavirus vaccine. If you think this is you or someone you support get in touch with their GP now about getting a vaccine.  Watch this short film about how important it is to have the vaccine and what you should do after you’ve had the vaccine https://youtu.be/e3_uVzexkBU

Card 2 – People with a learning disability who have the most support needs (sometimes called having a severe and profound learning disability) should have this recorded on their GP learning disability register. If you’re not sure if someone’s GP surgery knows they have a severe and profound learning disability you can check with the GP surgery. Watch this short video about how the learning disability register can support you to get good care – https://youtu.be/7gANZupyBHM

Card 3 – If you are over 70 or have health conditions that make you more likely to get very unwell from coronavirus (sometimes called being clinically extremely vulnerable), you should already have been contacted by the NHS to have your coronavirus vaccine. If you haven’t been contacted by the NHS about the vaccine you should get in touch with your GP.

Card 4 – Your GP (family doctor) should offer you an Annual Health Check at the same time as your coronavirus vaccine. They should also book you for your flu vaccination (jab). You can ask your GP surgery about your Annual Health Check and your flu jab when you contact them. Watch this film about Annual Health Checks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C8R_bJdLSQ

Card 5 – When you book your coronavirus vaccine, you should tell the person on the phone what reasonable adjustments you need. You can ask someone to support you to do this. Reasonable adjustments include things like easy read information, extra time for your appointment, or a quiet place to wait. Watch this video about reasonable adjustments –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rophfy0bPhI&feature=youtu.be








COVID-19 vaccinations and care homes: programme launch – correspondence 04.12.2020

A letter from the Minister for Care to local authorities, directors of adult social services and managers of care homes for older adults.

COVID-19 vaccination programme 2020/21 – next steps – letter 01.12.2020

COVID-19 vaccination programme 2020/21 – letter 24.11.2020 Outcome of General Practice Site Designation Process and next steps.

NHS England has written to system leaders on the COVID-19 vaccination deployment strategy and operational readiness – letter 20.11.2020