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Two men and a woman with their sleeves rolled up to get a vaccine.

01 Feb 2021

Social service workforce

COVID-19 vaccination – it’s time to roll up your sleeve

The COVID-19 vaccination is an important step in tackling the pandemic. Getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you can should protect you and may help to protect your family and those you care for.

Social care workers are among the first groups to be offered the COVID-19 vaccine. The details of the priority groups are in Annex C of this letter from the Chief Medical Officer.

It will only take a few minutes to get the COVID-19 vaccine and it’s free.


Public Health Scotland has specific information for social care workers.

If you have concerns about having the COVID-19 vaccine you should speak to your line manager in the first instance.

The vaccine is approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The MHRA will only approve a vaccine for supply in the UK if the expected standards of safety, quality and effectiveness are met. It will continue to be monitored throughout the vaccination programme.

SSSC registration

We recognise there may be some reasons or situations when registered workers are not able or decide not to have the vaccine. This will not affect your SSSC registration status.

Infection control

It is still important to maintain all the other mitigating actions to help limit the spread of COVID-19 including:

  • appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • social distancing
  • regular hand washing
  • enhanced cleaning routines
  • keeping workwear clean and only wearing it when you need to.

More information about the vaccine

You can get the most up to date information about the COVID-19 vaccine at:

Public Health Scotland has produced toolkits for social care and health settings with resources to support the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Further information on COVID-19

Get the latest advice and guidance on the NHS Inform COVID-19 page.

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine please use the web form on our Contact us page

Contact information

Lorraine Wakefield
Communications Manager
Scottish Social Services Council