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COVID-19 vaccine programme | COVID-19 leave and absence | Birmingham City Council

COVID-19 vaccine programme

The roll out of the coronavirus vaccine signifies the biggest step yet in combating the risk posed to the public from serious illness. Vaccines are the most effective way of preventing people from getting serious infectious diseases.

Find out why vaccines are safe and important by visiting the NHS website

The council actively encourages all eligible employees to have the COVID-19 vaccine, and also to encourage their friends and family to do the same when they are offered an appointment by the NHS.

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine and programme by visiting the NHS website

Find out more about vaccinations in Birmingham and Solihull.

Scientists leading the development of a COVID-19 vaccine at the University of Oxford explain how they assess safety at each stage of the process. Watch in full on Youtube

A message about the COVID-19 Vaccination for the BAME community - Dr Sumara Afzal - Urdu
A message about the COVID-19 Vaccination for the BAME community - Dr Sumara Afzal - Punjabi
A message about the COVID-19 Vaccination for the BAME community - Dr Sumara Afzal - English

You need to be registered with a GP surgery in England to be invited for the vaccine.

You can register with a GP if you do not have one and the NHS will let you know when it's your turn, so you do not need to contact your GP.

Letters are being sent out every week, but you might not get your letter straight away, as the vaccine is being offered to people most at risk coronavirus first.

The council already offers reasonable time off for employees to attend medical appointments, so employees will be supported to take paid time off to attend COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Please see the intranet for further guidance on time off for medical appointments and how this should be recorded, if you do not have access to the intranet, please ask your line manager to send the guidance to you.

No action will be taken under the managing attendance at work policy if an employee is absent from work afterwards, due to the vaccine. Absence due to side effects from the COVID-19 vaccination should be recorded as the closest absence category to the symptoms the employee is experiencing, this should not be recorded as Infectious Disease: COVID-19.

Find out more about what to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination by visiting the GOV website