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NHS England operational guidance: vaccination of frontline health workers

7 January 2021

NHS England has now published Operational Guidance for the 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 eye care settings.

At this stage

  • employed staff do not need to take any further action
  • employers should read Appendix 1 Section 5 of the guidance letter (titled “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

All optical sector bodies are working together to support this effort and will keep you up to date with developments.

LOCs should direct any questions to or contact their Optical Lead.

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