How will staff be offered the COVID-19 vaccine?

All front line staff will be offered the vaccine. Local prioritisation has been agreed by all the NHS Trusts in Derby and Derbyshire to ensure those most at risk and caring for the most at risk patients are offered the vaccine first. If you are a health or social care worker and cannot receive the vaccine at your place of work, alternative options will be offered.

Is it mandatory, and what happens if staff don’t want the jab? 

There are no plans for a COVID-19 vaccine to be compulsory. Just as with the winter flu vaccine, local NHS employers will be working hard to ensure 100% of staff are able to get vaccinated, and that any concerns that staff have are answered. We are confident that the vast majority of our staff – as they do every year for the flu vaccine – will choose to protect themselves and their patients by getting the vaccine.