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Coronavirus Vaccine

The Welsh Government published its Vaccination Strategy in January 2021.

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine programme and how the Council is supporting the programme


If you have been asked to attend a vaccination appointment visit phw.nhs.wales for all the information you will need.

Hywel Dda University Health Board produces weekly updates in relation to the Mass Covid-19 Vaccination Programme roll out. This weekly update provides the latest information across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Carmarthenshire County Council is working with the Hywel Dda University Health Board and other partners to deliver the local vaccination programme. We have an important role in providing marshalling volunteers to help with the smooth running of the programme. If you are interested in being involved as a volunteer marshal, please speak to your line manager in the first instance.

As an employer we cannot force you to have the Covid-19 vaccination. However, we are supportive of the vaccination programme and strongly encourage you to take up the offer, particularly if you are working in a patient / client facing role.

To assist our workforce, and where appointments fall within your normal working hours, we are providing employees with time off during 2021 to attend COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

Employees should obtain approval from their line manager in advance of taking time off to attend a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. They should give their line manager as much notice as they can that they would like to take time off for this purpose.

Line managers may, at their discretion, ask employees to produce evidence of their appointment (for example an appointment card or email/text inviting them to a COVID-19 vaccination appointment).

To facilitate this, appropriate time off with pay will be granted for employees who receive a vaccination appointment during working hours.

Time off will not be credited to an employee who receives a vaccination appointment outside normal working hours.

Time off is provided for the two vaccination appointments for 2021 only.

Our Vaccine Policy doesn’t allow for paid time off to be taken in this instance, however, discuss your circumstances with your manager as our Time off for Dependants Policy,  annual leave provisions or Flexi Time Scheme may provide workable solutions for you. Further information can be found on the HR pages of our intranet.

Some people may experience a reaction to having the vaccine. If you have to take time off work because of a reaction, the absence will be recorded as sickness but will not count towards any sickness absence triggers. Further information for Managers in relation to recording this type of absence can be found on our  Sickness Absence  pages on the intranet.

You can find many of the answers to the most frequently asked questions at phw.nhs.wales

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