Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

Play your part in the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

The Covid-19 vaccination is now being rolled out.

It is our best defence against the virus used alongside effective social distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hands.

We are now looking for people who wish to play their part and join the Covid-19 Vaccine Team and there are several roles available.

Non Registered/Non Healthcare Vaccinators – new applications paused

We are grateful to the tens of thousands who applied and have either started or recently completed training for the non-registered/non healthcare vaccinator role. Successful candidates are being deployed to local NHS resource pools, ready to join the programme and we currently have sufficient numbers of non-registered/non healthcare vaccinators to deliver the number of COVID-19 vaccines available to the NHS. As a result of this, we have reviewed our recruitment pipeline and from Thursday 4th February, we will be pausing applications for the non-registered/non-healthcare vaccinator role.

Please note:

  • If you have already applied for this role, please be assured that your application will be processed and we will be in touch.
  • If you are a retired professional and able to join an eligible Temporary Register, you can still apply for the vaccinator role to the programme using this route.
  • If you are yet to apply and are still interested in working for the National Vaccination Programme in some of the other roles that may be available, please visit: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/join-the-nhs-covid-19-vaccine-team/.

About these roles

Covid-19 Vaccine Team opportunities include:

  • Covid-19 Vaccination Programme Registered Vaccinator
  • Covid-19 Vaccination Programme Registered Health Care Professional (Immunisations)
  • Covid-19 Vaccination Programme RHCP Clinical Supervisor (Immunisations)

In these crucial roles, you will work as part of a dynamic team in delivering a safe and effective service for the mass delivery of vaccinations of the COVID-19 vaccine(s). You will be responsible for administering or supervising the vaccine to citizens, working within a team of staff in vaccination sites.

Who are we looking for?

To perform in one of these roles:

  • You must be a current registered healthcare professional, with the bodies listed below (see table)
  • You will need to show commitment and willingness to complete the appropriate learning and development courses as required, to demonstrate the right capabilities for the positions. This will include vaccine training.
  • Working as part of a team (including experienced clinicians) and as a strong communicator with good people skills, you will be able to discuss relevant information with service users, displaying empathy and reassurance at all times.
  • You will also be expected to maintain and record accurate documentation of interactions between clients, colleagues, and other relevant agencies to ensure the smooth running of the service.

Employment on the vaccination programme involves working in ‘Pods’ which comprise a mix of registered professional healthcare workers and newly recruited and trained support workers. The Pod roles to which you can apply is dependent on your previous work history and skills.

REGISTERED HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

I am a registered healthcare professional with the GMC, GDC, NMC, HCPC, GPhC, Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland or pandemic temporary register (including Bring Back Staff) and am trained to draw up and administer medication

As a registered healthcare professional with these bodies you can apply for the following roles:

  • Clinical Supervisor – you will need to be able to demonstrate supervisory experience
  • Registered Health Care Professional
  • Vaccinator

I am a registered healthcare professional with the GMC, GDC, NMC, HCPC, GPhC, Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland or pandemic temporary register but am not trained to draw up and administer medication

As a registered healthcare professional with these bodies, but without the training to draw up and administer medications, you can apply for the following role

  • Vaccinator

I am a registered healthcare professional with an organisation not mentioned above

As a registered professional with any other healthcare body, you can apply for the following role

  • Vaccinator
NON-REGISTERED HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS - NOT CURRENTLY RECRUITING

I am a returner to the NHS, an Allied Healthcare Professional (AHP) or a non-registered healthcare professional (such as an HCA, phlebotomist or physio support worker)

If you are in one of these groups you can apply for the following role:

  • Vaccinator
NON-HEALTHCARE APPLICANTS - NOT CURRENTLY RECRUITING

I am a student on a Higher Education medical or healthcare related course.

As a Higher Education medical or healthcare student, you can apply for the following role:

  • Vaccinator

I have undertaken short courses such as Life Support or Advanced First Aid (through a short course, or as part of my career training)

If you have undertaken this training you can apply for the following role:

  • Vaccinator

What will you be doing?

You will take part in comprehensive training including rigorous supervision and assessments for vaccinators.

Please note: As you may be aware, after much consultation between various partners across the NHS family, the decision has been made to simplify and streamline the application process for the National Vaccination Programme, especially for registered healthcare professionals. The intention is to make it simpler for candidates, without compromising the quality and rigour of the training and compliance requirements, which have been designed to ensure that all new workers joining the Programme are trained and onboarded to the appropriate standard.

Once you are fully vetted and trained, with the relevant compliance and checks completed, you will be responsible for performing and/or supervising the following:

  • Set up/configuration of the vaccination station
  • Drawing up and preparation of the vaccine prior to administration
  • Vaccine administration, using the National Protocol
  • Disposal of clinical waste and change of PPE as per national guidelines
  • Adherence to infection control practices between individuals

Where will you be working?

These roles will be offered on a regional basis across England and, if successful, you will be given the opportunity to work at one or a number of local vaccination sites in your area.

When will the job start?

If you are successful in applying for one of these roles, you will be required to undergo pre-employment checks and a programme of training before being ready to start. Currently start dates are not confirmed however we will communicate with you throughout the application process to ensure you are ready to go as soon as the programme begins.

What will you be paid and how long is the role for?*

  • Covid-19 Vaccination Programme Registered Vaccinator – from £10.09 - £11.19 p/hour (indicative)
  • Covid-19 Vaccination Programme Registered Health Care Professional (Immunisations) – from £12.74 p/hour (indicative)
  • Covid-19 Vaccination Programme RHCP Clinical Supervisor (Immunisations) – from £16.04 p/hour (indicative)

*Please note: for individuals working in London and areas just outside the pay rates will be supplemented with a high cost area supplement. Work undertaken on Sundays and public holidays will also attract an enhanced rate of pay.

These roles are based on a Fixed Term Contract for 3-6 months, but please be aware that due to the versatile nature of this programme, this term could be subject to change.

What is the application process?

Depending on the role you are applying for the process will include an application form, completion of vetting and work checks, occupational health screening and a short recorded video interview submission or clinical interview. You will be given access to complete all elements of the application process via the login process.

How do I apply for these roles?

Whatever role you are interested in, your contribution will be vital in fighting the pandemic in your community. You can read more about the roles on this website and if you believe you have the necessary skills and experience needed to perform one of these roles, you can apply by clicking on one of the job descriptions and then clicking the apply button which will take you to our dedicated National Vaccination Programme portal. Please note if you have previously filled in an Expression of Interest form, you do not need to apply again. We will keep you up to date about your application through the process.

As we are expecting to deal with a high level of interest in this programme, this website will be updated regularly with the latest information to help you with any questions you may have.

Prior to registration PLEASE NOTE the following:

  • If you currently work for the NHS (substantively, via NHS Professionals, another bank provider or an agency) please do NOT apply. There will be an opportunity for you to support the vaccination programme but these roles will be available to you via your current NHS Trust who will be in touch at the appropriate time.
  • If you have medical or healthcare experience that you feel is relevant but is not specifically referred to within the list of acceptable Registered Health Care Professionals you should apply for the Vaccinator level role.
  • If you are not educated to NVQ Level 3/A-Level standard but have demonstrable and significant work experience in a healthcare setting we would like you to apply, but you will only be eligible for a Vaccinator level role.
  • These roles are based in England. We can accept applications from individuals who do not live in England. Workers must live within a commutable distance of vaccination sites in England.
  • If you realise you have made a mistake on your application after submission, please delete your profile and resubmit. Please note it may take up to 24 hours for your incorrect profile to be deleted before you can fill it in again and resubmit.