Last reviewed 5 October 2021

Adult Social Care and Covid-19 Response Director Claire Armstrong has issued advice to adult social care providers and leaders on the Covid-19 booster and flu vaccination programmes.

Her letter has advised that the Covid-19 vaccine booster is being prioritised for people in the following groups:

  • care home residents

  • health and social care workers

  • people aged over 50

  • people 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe Covid-19

  • adult carers

  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.

People who are eligible for the Covid-19 booster will be contacted directly. Those eligible will receive their booster no earlier than six months after their second dose.

Boosters for care home residents will be delivered through the roving vaccination teams.

Social care workers may be offered a vaccination through these teams but they can also receive their booster from their GP or a hospital hub. These staff are also eligible for a free flu vaccine.

All social care staff are being encouraged to take up the offer of free flu vaccination this winter as soon as possible and to not wait to receive both their booster and flu vaccines at the same time as this may not be possible.

Marketing materials have been published on the Public Health England (PHE) campaign resource centre, including Q&A leaflets, posters, social media graphics and email signatures.

Care providers can use these to encourage care colleagues to take up both vaccines.

Claire Armstrong’s letter is available here.

The PHE’s new communications toolkit for the adult social care winter vaccines programme can be accessed here.