Covid-19

Covid-19Many of us have questions and concerns about the coronavirus and employing personal assistants, amongst other things. We will be sharing on here any relevant information and guidance that we hear about, and would encourage you to share with us links to guidance or top tips that would help us all.

You can email us links which you think would be useful to include on this page at either rita@peoplehub.org.uk or robyn@peoplehub.org.uk.

NEWEST INFORMATION

  • Antibody Testing for Personal Assistants
    The antibody test is a voluntary blood test which detects antibodies to the COVID-19 virus to see if you have previously had the virus. ‘At-home’ antibody testing is now available across England and is being provided free of charge to anyone employed in adult social care, including Personal Assistants who provide for the care and support needs of individuals. For more information, and to register for the home antibody test kit, see https://www.gov.uk/register-coronavirus-antibody-test
  • Free flu vaccines for PAs
    For the first time, this year, PAs will be able to access the flu vaccine free of charge from GPs and community pharmacies, via the NHS Complementary Scheme. This vaccination is available now. To access the scheme, PAs should simply need to attend a GP surgery or community pharmacy and identify themselves as a PA. Official guidance is to be published shortly. However, some PAs are being asked for a proof of entitlement. Some CCGs have already, or will shortly be, providing a template proof of entitlement letter to their PHB holders to be filled out for their PAs. Skills for Care have also provided a really helpful template proof of entitlement letter that can be downloaded from here: https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Employing-your-own-care-and-support/Information-for-individual-employers/COVID-19-Individual-employers.aspx under the “Flu vaccination for PAs” heading.

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*Please contact your local CCG and/or Employer’s Insurance company for individual advice*

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