The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) has called for a clear process to be in place to ensure eligible staff from its member companies receive their COVID vaccinations.
While welcoming plans to vaccinate frontline health and social care workers, the association has written to NHS England CEO, Sir Simon Stevens, to ensure its members are not overlooked.
Simon Festing, CEO of the British Healthcare Trades Association, said: “The BHTA and its members support the approach to prioritise frontline health and social care workers for vaccine delivery and wish to thank the NHS for the efforts made.
“It is important that there is now a clear process to be in place to ensure eligible staff from our member companies are included amongst those who are next in line.
“Staff employed by our member companies interact continuously with those who are disabled, or have long-term conditions, or are frail or elderly. This can be in a wide range of settings, including retail and service provision, and these wider health and social care settings should not be overlooked.
“We will continue to work constructively with key stakeholders within the NHS and central government to champion the contribution of the industry, which is essential to ensure disabled and elderly people remain safe, mobile and independent; this is all the more vital now to help relieve pressure on the NHS.”
The association estimates its members have over 100,000 face-to-face interactions with patients with long-term conditions, disabled and elderly people each week.
BHTA members play a vital role in the maintenance of health and social care systems and providing safe access to vital equipment needed to keep vulnerable people safe during lockdown.