COVID-19 vaccine rollout started on the 8th of December 2020 and three COVID-19 vaccines have now been authorised for use in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency after meeting strict standards of safety and effectiveness. Nearly 28 million people have received their first dose of the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine so far and the start of Moderna vaccine administration is expected soon.
The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect people from coronavirus and can save thousands of lives. Getting vaccinated along with continued social distancing, frequent handwashing and the wearing of face coverings is crucial in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to ensure as many people as possible take up the offer of a vaccine when it is their turn, it’s vital to provide the public with accurate and relevant information about the vaccination programme and tackle all misinformation spread by the anti-vaccine activists.
Workplaces can play an important role in driving vaccine uptake by promoting the importance of staff getting the vaccine and highlighting official advice to show its safety and effectiveness.
We have prepared a list of useful resources that can be used to raise employees' awareness of COVID-19 vaccine and encourage them to get vaccinated:
There have been a significant number of resources created in foreign languages in order to ensure people from minority communities have all information they need about COVID-19 vaccine:
You may also want to consider sending out a letter to your employees encouraging them to get vaccinated. One of the examples of such a letter can be found here upon free registration.
If you would like to find out more on how you can support your staff as the vaccine rollout continues, you may want to have a look at the guide prepared by The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
On the 18th of March the Government has also published a new guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. The clinically extremely vulnerable get priority access to vaccination against COVID-19 before the general population and in line with the priority ordering set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Please see a new guidance here.
High vaccine uptake is essential for the success of the vaccine programme in helping us defeat COVID-19 pandemic. Without high uptake across our communities, our lives and those of our colleagues, friends and family, will remain at high risk from the virus. It is therefore important to ensure that messages about the of value of getting a COVID-19 vaccine reach as many people as possible.