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Vaccinations and testing for VCSE sector frontline health and care staff against COVID-19

Staff and volunteers in the voluntary community and social enterprise sector have played a major role in the community response to COVID-19. We want to make sure all workers who directly provide frontline support AND who are working with people clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 across the city can work safely and access COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as possible, wherever they work, whoever they work for, whether as an employee or as a volunteer.

1. Vaccinations
How we are going to organise this
The scale of this is of course unlike any vaccination programme we have seen before so firstly we need to understand the numbers of people in the workforce who need to be vaccinated and of those, how many are at particular risk.

What you need to do

  1. Identify someone in your organisation who is going to act as the lead on vaccination for your workforce
  2. Work out how many people are in your workforce are front-line health or social care workers - working directly, face to face, with the public
  3. Work out many people in your work force may be at higher risk – this information from the NHS will help you assess who these people are Who's at higher risk from coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
  4. Share that information with us by completing the form below

Please fill in this form and submit it to us as soon as possible.

Macc will send a daily update to the local NHS staff who are leading on the vaccination programme. This will ensure your organisation is on the list to be contacted as vaccines become available. (PLEASE NOTE: by completing the form and clicking ‘submit’ you give us permission to share the information with the NHS and Council colleagues who are organising the vaccination rota. It will not be used for any other purpose.)

As vaccination slots become available, you will be contacted by the vaccination team with further details.

Completing the form on Macc’s website doesn’t book you a vaccination – it gets your organisation’s contact details into the system and helps the team organising the vaccinations understand how much capacity is needed.

2. Rapid Covid testing

Rapid Covid testing is available in Manchester for anyone who can’t work from home and whose organisation or employer doesn’t have an asymptomatic testing system in place.

The move is preventative and is to test people who live or work in the city, who do not have symptoms – but could still spread the virus without knowing they have it.

The testing will be on a twice-weekly basis, from six sites across the city: Moss Side Leisure Centre, Debdale Outdoor Centre, FC United of Manchester, Hall Lane Resource Centre, Heathfield Resource Centre and the Rates Hall in Manchester Town Hall.

The testing uses lateral flow devices (LFD) which involve a swab of the nose and throat – and can give a result within half an hour because it does not require sending off to a lab for analysis.

If the person is negative they can continue to work, but must still follow all other safety measures like social distancing, hand-washing and face-coverings. But if the result is positive they must self-isolate immediately and the result will also feed into the NHS Test and Trace system.

It’s important to note that people still need to be tested even if they have had their Covid vaccination.

What you need to do

Appointments need to booked in advance by ringing 0161 947 0770 or 0800 092 4020. The booking number is open Monday-Friday. Appointments are available on weekdays and Saturdays at a range of different times to suit work and shift patterns.

The scheme is also open to smaller businesses, freelancers and sole traders in the city.

Government rapid testing scheme

You can order free rapid lateral flow tests to test your employees twice a week in the workplace. If you have 10 or more employees, from early April you’ll be able to order tests for your employees to collect from their workplace and use at home twice a week. You can do this if you cannot provide testing in the workplace. You must register by 12 April 2021. If your business is closed or you cannot provide tests now, you should still register so you can order tests in the future.

You can register to order tests if:

  • your business is registered in England
  • your employees cannot work from home

Register to order free rapid lateral flow coronavirus tests for your employees here

Click here for a Q&A on rapid testing with lateral flow devices and frequently asked questions

3. Keeping track
After you have completed the form, you need to start building your list of staff and volunteers who need to be vaccinated and have access to regular testing. You will need to record:

  • First name
  • Surname
  • Gender identity
  • Date of birth
  • NHS number* (not essential but will save time when staff go for their vaccination, download the NHS app to find it)
  • GP surgery
  • Mobile number
  • Received first vaccination
  • Received second vaccination
  • If the person has declined vaccination
  • If the person is unable / not eligible to receive vaccination
  • Date and result of their most recent test

We know there are lots of questions around vaccination and testing – and that VCSE sector organisations are being asked questions by local communities. Macc is organising of webinars and briefing materials for VCSE organisations about the vaccination programme and the testing programme. We will send out details through bulletins like this and on our social media channels.

In the meantime, here is the NHS guide to vaccination for health and social care workers which you may find helpful

Vaccinations and testing for VCSE sector frontline health and care staff against COVID-19 form