COVID 19 Vaccination

Workplace vaccination advice for employers across Barnsley.

This page contains:

  • Useful information about the Barnsley vaccination programme
  • Helpful tips and resources to implement in the workplace.

How will employees be invited for their COVID-19 vaccination?

The Barnsley Covid-19 vaccination programme follows the national priority ordering set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). You can find out more about the priority groups, here. GP practices across Barnsley are working hard to ensure that everyone in the priority groups are offered a vaccine. Following this eligible groups will be called to attend vaccination in age groups.  When employees are eligible for a vaccine, they will be offered an appointment at one of the GP vaccination centres across Barnsley. They may also be invited to a large-scale vaccination venue in our region (Sheffield Arena or in Wakefield). For the large-scale vaccination venues, employees will be asked to book an appointment for their first dose online.

Which vaccine will employees receive?

The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into the upper arm and is given as two doses 12 weeks apart. There are several different vaccines currently used in the UK (for example, AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna). Employees won’t necessarily be told in advance which vaccine they will receive. Employees will receive two of the same vaccines.

All vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the Independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.

You can find out more about the Coronavirus vaccination here.

Information about Covid-19 Vaccination and Blood Clotting

What will it be like when employees attend for their vaccination?

Take a look at this video from the Sheffield Arena to see what happens at one of our large-scale vaccination sites:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2rAut2ZYto

Having a good understanding of what your employees should expect will help you to support those who may feel a bit anxious about the vaccination centre or process. You may also want to share this video with your employees.

Alternatively, you can read about what happens at a Covid -19 Vaccination appointment here.

Supporting the vaccination roll out and fostering a positive vaccination culture- What can businesses do?

Engaging with your employees about the Covid-19 Vaccine will help them to make informed decisions about the vaccine. Ensuring an open and positive vaccine culture within the workplace can help to increase vaccination uptake.

There are lots of things you can do to help your organisation promote vaccination uptake. Take a look below at some of the suggestions you may wish to consider:

  • Encourage senior leaders to be workplace vaccine champions. These individuals can help educate and support others to uptake the vaccine.
  • Adopt an ‘every contact counts’ approach to discussions for example discuss vaccination in an employee’s one to one or at a team meeting. This ensures that the topic of vaccinations is integrated into everyday conversations.
  • Share key messages with staff through emails, breakroom posters, and other channels.
  • Allowing employees to take time off work to receive the vaccine.
  • Paying staff Statutory Sick Pay if they suffer from side effects of the vaccine and need to take time off work.
  • Agree an appropriate vaccine policy for both the staff and the organisation.
  • Make the decision to get vaccinated visible and celebrate it! You can show your support for the vaccine by uploading a Covid-19 vaccine pledge to your social media accounts by clicking here.

The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development have created a very comprehensive and useful guide about how to start vaccination conversations with colleagues. If you would like to learn more about how to communicate with employees about the vaccination, please find the guide here.

For further resources around promoting a positive vaccine culture within your workplace, take a look at the following links below:

 ACAS ‘Guide to working safely during the pandemic’

 CIPD COVID-19 Vaccination Policy Suggestion for Businesses  

Fitzgerald HR Employee Engagement in the ‘New Normal’ Guide

How to build Healthcare Personnel’s confidence in Covid-19 Vaccines

Useful vaccination resources for the workplace:

For up to date Covid-19 Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions, please take a look at Barnsley CCG webpage. This a great resource and will support you to answer and signpost your staff to up-to-date information around who is currently eligible and how to access the vaccine in Barnsley

For more information about what employees can expect after their Covid-19 vaccination, please take a look at these Downloadable posters : What to expect after  your Covid-19 Vaccination.  These resources are available for free download in a range of languages. These would be a great resource to put on your staff notice boards.

If you would like to share key vaccination messages on your social media platforms, take a look here for a range of social media statics available in different languages.

Email signatures can help to deliver important messages about COVID-19 and the vaccine across the workplace. Examples of these can be found here

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