Vaccination of Frontline VCSE Workforce

The Greater Manchester Covid-19 vaccination programme is led and overseen by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. The mobilisation of the network of vaccine services and centres is a collaboration between a huge list of partners including GPs, pharmacists, hospitals, councils, the voluntary sector, the Ministry of Defence and others.

The plan is to provide the vaccine to the first four priority groups by 15th Febuary 2021 from at least 75 vaccinations sites, including a Mass Vaccination Centre at the Etihad campus.

Frontline health and care workers are priority group two for vaccination, which includes local authority, independent sector and VCSE provision, and unpaid carers (more information about the staff groups to be prioritised can be found below).

Each locality is working collaboratively across areas with social care, health and voluntary sector colleagues to ensure that slots are allocated for frontline workers and to contact relevant organisations, inviting qualifiying staff to be vaccinated.

What do you need to do?

NHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver what it is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as continuing to be there for everyone who needs care. 

If you are a VCSE organisation in Greater Manchester who has frontline staff that meet the criteria for prioritisation (see below) we advise you to wait to be contacted. We will update you of any changes to this advice as the vaccination programme progresses.

If you are a VCSE organisation in Manchester with workers who directly provide frontline support AND who are working with people clinically vulnerable to COVID-19, Macc are gathering information about workers who need to be vaccinated. Click here to find out more.

If you are a VCSE organisation in Stockport working face to face with vulnerable groups you should have received an email from Public Health asking you to identify how many staff and volunteers you have. If your organisation has not received this email, please contact sarah.e.clarke@stockport.gov.uk as soon as possible.


Social care workforce for inclusion: 

(this includes local authority, independent sector and VCSE provision, and unpaid carers)

Principles for prioritisation of staff groups:

  • Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) prioritisation list 

  • Vulnerability (to COVID) of service user group that staff will be supporting

  • Level of contact – i.e. close personal care or able to socially distance

  • Number of individual service users the staff member would be coming into contact with

  • The setting the service users are supported in and the staff member is working in, and the likelihood of transmission should an outbreak occur

Using these as guiding principles the following order of prioritisation is suggested:

  • Care homes (and hospices) – priority being over 65s, followed by under 65s (learning disability, mental health, physical disabilities)

  • Extra care / independent living

  • Home care (older people, learning disabilities, physical disability and mental health)

  • Supported living (learning disabilities, physical disability and mental health)

  • Day centres (priority as per care homes)

  • PAs and shared lives carers

  • Other housing related areas such as homelessness workers, frontline housing staff (where supporting those in COVID-vulnerable groups), others providing emergency / urgent support services to COVID-vulnerable people in their own homes

  • Social workers – older people, learning disabilities, physical disability and mental health, Occupational Therapists, and any relevant non-registered social work support roles

  • Unpaid carers (confirmed by JCVI as priority group 6)

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