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Covid-19 Vaccinations for Social Care Staff

How to book COVID-19 Vaccinations (social care staff)


Booking Process (1st dose)


Important Update: National Booking Service (21.04.2021)

Booking functionality has been reinstated for health and social care workers.  Earlier this month, functionality for frontline eligible health and social care workers to book their COVID-19 vaccination through the National Booking Service (  or 119) through self-referral temporarily stopped. As of Monday 19 April, this functionality for frontline eligible health and social care workers has been reinstated. 


Important information regarding 2nd dose COVID-19 vaccinations for care staff who received their 1st Pfizer vaccination at The Princess Alexandra Hospital (13.04.2021)

The Princess Alexandra Hospital (Harlow, CM20 1QX) will cease providing 2nd dose Pfizer vaccinations (to care staff who received a 1st does at the hospital) as of 14 April.

If staff are unsure of appointments and have not received a new one before this date, or are also having difficulties in receiving Pfizer boosters elsewhere, please email for further information and assistance. 


Care Homes

Care homes have been contacted directly by the NHS with booking links to be shared with staff. The staff then register and arrange their own appointments.

The emails were directed to the managers of each CQC service.

Please contact if you have not been contacted by the NHS


All other social care providers

In the first instance you will receive an email from ECC with the information you need. By now all social care providers in Essex should have received this email to enable their eligible staff to book a COVID-19 vaccination. The booking procedure varies slightly depending on where in the county you are.

No matter which of the processes you are asked to follow the email you receive from ECC will:

  1. Confirm that your staff are eligible for vaccinations
  2. Confirm you must prioritise your staff based on the JCVI definition of a frontline worker. The below table will help you identify eligible staff to put forward.
  3. Include x2 attachments for you to share with staff. The first is a letter of eligibility they must bring with them to their appointment and the second provides some information on consent.
  4. Include a link to the provider vaccines inbox if you have any queries

For any questions in relation to the email you receive, or if you have not yet been contacted, please email


Eligible Staff

Eligible Staff Group

Example Roles in Scope

Direct care - These roles involve directly working with people who need care and support.

. Activities worker

. Care worker

. Personal Assistant

. Rehabilitation, reablement, enablement worker

. Shared lives Carer

. Advocacy worker

Management - These roles involve managerial responsibility for a small team, or a whole service.


. Team leader or supervisor

. Manager

. Deputy Manager or team leader

. Specialist coordinator, such as Dementia or end of life care coordinator

Social care support - These roles provide direct support 

. Housing support Officer

. Volunteer coordinator

. Social care prescriber/Care Navigator

. Welfare rights

. Employment advisor

. Trainer or assessor

Ancillary - These roles do not involve direct care but are vital to the running of social care services.

. Cook or Kitchen assistant

. Housekeeping or domestic worker

. Driver or transport manager

. Maintenance

Regulated professionals - these roles require the worker to hold relevant qualifications and to be registered with a regulated body to practice.

. Social worker

. Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP)

. Occupational Therapist

. Nurse including nursing associate

. Complimentary therapist

. Counsellor


Booking Process (2nd dose)

Please find information about booking your second dose on this page.


Mass vaccination sites

Listed below are the mass vaccination sites available in Essex which are bookable via the link you will receive.

West Essex

North East Essex

Mid & South Essex

  • Harlow Leisurezone


  • Clacton Hospital
  • Colchester United Jobserve Community Stadium
  • Chelmsford City Racecourse
  • The Lodge, Runwell
  • The Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea
  • Alastair Farquharson Centre, Thurrock Community Hospital


Capacity Tracker

It is vitally important that we know how many of your staff have been vaccinated. Care Homes, Home care, Supported Living and Extra Care providers should all be updating the national Capacity Tracker regularly with this information.

We can use this information to see if any provider needs help accessing vaccinations.


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