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Flu/Covid-19 Boost campaign – digital promo available

This year’s Health and Social Care Workers Winter Vaccinations campaign aims to encourage staff to get both their flu vaccine and their COVID-19 booster this autumn/winter.

The campaign focuses on the need for increased protection this winter when both flu and COVID-19 are likely to be circulating at higher levels. It highlights the fact that both viruses can be passed to a worker’s family, patients or the people they care for, even if they don’t have any symptoms. For more on the campaign and links to resources click here on the Vaccinations section of bulletin pages.

The campaign uses Aqua Blue and Amber coloured outlines around people working in health and social care as a visual symbol of the “rings of immunity” that having their vaccines creates.

By showing a range of roles in a variety of indoor settings, it communicates that getting both vaccines is a preventative measure that all health and social care workers should take.

In this toolkit you will see a range of printed, digital and social assets that will help you to promote winter vaccinations amongst health and social care workers and encourage them to take both vaccines when offered. You can download digital assets from the Campaign Resources Centre.

Asymptomatic testing paused

Following ministers decision to pause asymptomatic testing in social care workforce, the NHS, prisons and other settings, asymptomatic testing will also end for visitors and visiting professionals to care homes. These pieces of guidance have been updated to reflect the changes that were announced in Summer 2022.

Covid, Flu and winter planning

All over-50s to be offered COVID-19 booster and flu jab this autumn

Flu/COVID-19 H&SCW winter campaign - printed materials
This year’s Health and Social Care Workers Winter Vaccinations Campaign printed assets have just gone live on the Campaign Resource Centre. Printed materials for the campaign are available to pre-order until 31 August and will be delivered in September. To order printed materials please click here.

You can find our summary on the vaccination programme  below, to help give you some guidance on the booster and flu jab programmes happening this Autumn and Winter:

Everyone aged 50 and over will be among those offered a COVID-19 booster and a flu jab in the autumn under plans to increase protection against respiratory viruses ahead of winter by the government.

COVID-19 booster - those eligible for a further dose will be:

  • Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
  • Frontline health and social care workers*
  • All adults aged 50 and over
  • Those aged 5 to 49 years in a clinical risk group**, including pregnant women
  • Those aged 5 to 49 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
  • Those aged 16 to 49 years who are carers***

Steps to take in your service to enable boosters
The steps you need to take to prepare for autumn vaccinations for residents and staff are set out on the Skills for Care website find more on preparing for the Autum boosters here and advice and a checklist on consent and preparation here . 

Flu vaccine
The government are also offering the free flu vaccine to additional groups. These groups will only be eligible once the most vulnerable, including previously announced pre-school and primary school children, those aged 65 years and over and those in clinical risk groups, have been offered the jab.

The NHS will announce in due course when and how eligible groups will be able to book an appointment for their COVID-19 autumn booster, and when people aged 50 to 64 years old who are not in a clinical risk group will be able to get their free flu jab.


DHSC and NHSE have published two documents in relation to the autumn booster campaign:

A letter from Jenny Firth, Deputy Director of Adult Social Care Operational Resilience. A NHSE countdown checklist which is linked below. 

The letter highlights what care homes can do to prepare for the vaccination of care home staff and residents. This includes getting all the consents necessary in place as well as flu vaccinations. It also encourages staff to book COVID-19 booster via the National Booking Service as soon as they are eligible. Below is the latest consent forms for care homes. We will update this page with latest guidance for other parts of the sector as this emerges.


Consent forms

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The links below are gudiance that was released some time ago, and will be updated when we recieve them for the current situation

MCA and Vaccine


Specific for learning disability


Knowledge and info about the vaccine


SCIE has updated its webpage on Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and the COVID-19 crisis  along side 5 webinars on MCA and Covid.

They are also recording a webinar on  The MCA and COVID Vaccinations in Care Homes which will be on the website soon.



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