COVID-19 booster and vaccine

Vaccinations are our best defence against COVID-19 and flu. By getting vaccinated you will protect yourself and others from serious illness caused by these viruses.

Washing your hands, keeping rooms ventilated and self-isolating if you become ill are also very important steps that we can all take.

COVID and flu vaccines are safe and effective and have been developed and approved through clinical trials across the world. Many millions of people have benefitted from their protection.

For more information about the vaccines and accessing appointments for both the vaccine and booster doses please click here.

Consent

Consent will be required from individuals prior to being given the vaccine.

» Care Home residents: forms and letters – (For those able to consent, Attorney of a Care Home Resident and for relatives view on consent)
» Social Care Staff: form and letter for all staff
» Adults who are able to consent form and letter
» Hertfordshire County Council’s Mental Capacity Act guidance

Please note that the COVID-19 Vaccination Relative view form for Care Home residents gives relatives the opportunity to record their views on whether a COVID vaccine would be in the best interests of the person concerned. It is not a consent form as without an activated Lasting Power of Attorney (Health and Welfare) in place, families cannot give such consent, but it does allow relatives to express a view that might be helpful to the clinician who will make the best interests decision.

Mental capacity is time specific, and the vaccine story is changing so rapidly now that the information that needs to be understood may change. Care Homes can begin to prepare people to make this decision as soon as possible, by encouraging conversations and helping people to think through what they might decide.

Consent for more than one vaccine may be given and recorded on one page, but it must be clear what vaccines the person has consented to having.

Consent webinar resources

Download the resources and slides from the vaccination webinar ran by HCPA and HCC.

» Click here to download the slides
» Click here to watch the webinar

Useful resources

Resource

Link

Government guide to the COVID-19 Autumn Booster Click here
‘I’ve had my Autumn COVID-19 Booster’ sticker order Click here
NHS COVID booster information Click here
NHS COVID vaccination pass information Click here
COVID-19 booster vaccination video for people with learning disabilities Click here
Find your closest COVID-19 vaccination site Click here
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