NHS England publishes vaccination operational guidance

NHS England has now published Operational Guidance: Vaccination of Frontline Health & Social Care Workers.

This confirms that by mid-January, NHS Trusts will establish ‘hospital hubs’ and will be the default provider of Covid-19 vaccinations for “all healthcare and social care workers”. This includes frontline staff in primary eyecare settings.

At this stage:

  • Employers should read Appendix 1 section 5 “HR, Staff Engagement and Communications” and do what they can to support staff with questions they might have and to help coordinate efforts where contacted to do so
  • Employed staff do not need to take any further action

Optical sector bodies are working together to support this effort and have pledged to keep their members up-to-date with developments.

Read the full guidance here.