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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

 

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

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October Vaccine Updates:

>Roll-out of Covid vaccination for 12 to 15-year-olds gathers pace in Wales - October 4

September Vaccine Updates:

>Chief Medical Officer encourages pregnant women to have Covid-19 vaccine -September 21

>JCVI announcement Autumn booster programme - September 15

>JCVI &​ Chief Medical Officers’ advice on vaccinating 12-15 year olds - September 15

>JCVI advice offering further vaccinations to individuals who are severely immunosuppressed - September 2

August Vaccine Updates:

>No one left behind as Health Boards work to vaccinate all over-16s - August 18

>Fully vaccinated adults will no longer need to self-isolate - August 6

All adults who have been fully vaccinated will no longer have to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts of someone with coronavirus from the 7 August.

Children and young people under 18 will also be exempt from the need to self-isolate if they are also identified as close contacts of a positive case. But everyone who tests positive for coronavirus or has symptoms must continue to isolate for 10 days, whether they have been vaccinated or not.

July Vaccine Updates:

>JCVI announcement on vaccinating Children & Young People - July 20

June Vaccine Updates:

>Health Minister urges people to get vaccinated as Delta variant cases rise - June 18

May Vaccine Updates:

>Over 21 year-olds are now invited to register themselves if they wish to book a vaccine - May 25

>Received a first Pfizer vaccine over 21 days ago? - May 19

April Vaccine Updates:

>Covid-19 vaccine survey for social care workforce - April 26

March Vaccine Updates:

>Hywel Dda UHB encourages people to book second Pfizer vaccine appointment - March 30

>Unpaid Carers - March 9 2021

>Second Covid-19 vaccinations to be held in Mass Vaccination Centres - 3rd March 2021

February Vaccine Updates:

>Vaccination venues and timeline announced for Hywel Dda residents in priority groups 5-9 - February 26 2021

>Covid-19 second doses -18th February 2021

January Vaccine Updates:

>Covid-19 vaccine update - 28th January 2021

>Covid vaccinations update - 7th January 2021

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.

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.

An employee's vaccination status constitutes special category data and whilst the vaccine remains non-mandatory as a condition of employment there should be no legitimate reason to ask an employee what their vaccination status is. If you require any additional advice on this issue please contact the HR team directly.

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

 

 

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