On the 15th July 2022 the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) issued advice on the next COVID-19 booster campaign, which will take place this Autumn. While we await final details of the campaign, which will likely start in September, there is clear expectation the scope includes residents and staff in care homes and all frontline health and social care workers. Therefore, the Deputy Director of Adult Social Care Operational Resilience, has highlighted some things we can collectively do to prepare. These include:
- Consenting checks in place at care homes to maximise resident uptake
- Encouragement of care staff to take an Autumn Booster and to book one as soon as they are available.
- Getting the flu vaccination as threat still remains. NHS teams will aim to deliver both the flu and COVID-19 boosters together where possible.
- Updating your capacity tracker regularly. Ensure this is up to date with Spring booster data.
Care Home Process
Given the timescales to commence a booster vaccination programme for care home residents, care home staff should start the consenting process of residents and care home staff immediately in advance of any booster vaccination. A checklist of how to prepare, which includes actions you should be taking over the summer has been created for you to use.