The Scottish Government has provided the NHS with guidance on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination. This means some employee groups within the Council will be invited to get vaccinated due to their job.
If you are eligible to be vaccinated because of the work that you do, your line manager will contact you directly to ask if you wish to receive a vaccination. If you have not been contacted, it means your employee group has not been identified as eligible at this time.
We would encourage all employees to get vaccinated when they are invited to do so.
For more information on the vaccination programme, visit NHS Inform.
Employee vaccination FAQs
Why is my manager asking me if I want to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and not the NHS?
We're working closely with NHS Forth Valley to identify employees who should receive a vaccination because of their job, in line with national guidance. By asking you directly, we're helping to keep the NHS vaccination booking line free for members of the community. We also hope to save you time. We pass your information directly on to the NHS Immunisation Team, which allows them to make bookings more efficiently.
My vaccination appointment is during my working hours do I need to take time off to attend?
We want to ensure all our employees get the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered to them. Appropriate time off with pay will be granted to employees who receive a vaccination appointment during working hours.
Please note that time will not be credited to an employee who receives a vaccination appointment out with their working hours.
Once you receive a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, please contact your line manager as soon as possible to ensure time off can be arranged.
There may be occasions where several employees in one team receive an appointment at the same time. To reduce the impact on service delivery, you may be asked to try and re-arrange your appointment.
We also ask that you be as flexible as possible if your working arrangements/shifts/rotas are changed to allow a colleague to attend a vaccination appointment.
Once I am vaccinated, do I still need to follow FACTS and other advice to avoid catching the virus?
Yes. It's not currently known if having the COVID-19 vaccine stops you from spreading the virus to others, so it's very important that you continue to follow national guidance to protect yourself and others.
Dr Graham Foster, Director of Public Health for NHS Forth Valley, explained:
"It's great that so many health and care staff are coming forward to have their vaccine but it is vitally important that everyone keeps following the FACTS even after they have been vaccinated as you can still pass it on to local patients, service users, care home residents or your family with potentially very serious consequences.
"We know that the COVID-19 vaccine is very good at stopping people from getting seriously ill but no vaccine is ever 100% effective and some people who have been vaccinated may still develop a milder form of the virus and still be infectious to others.
"For these reasons it is vitally important that once you have been vaccinated you continue to be vigilant, keep following all the guidance and do not drop your guard."
What if have a bad reaction or am ill after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine?
You may experience symptoms such as: having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around 1-2 days after the vaccine feeling tired headache general aches, or mild flu like symptoms
If this is the case and you are not fit to attend work then this will be treated as sick leave and normal absence management procedures will apply.