We are sharing all updates relevant to housing associations that are coming from government on vaccines. Working with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), we have being able to prioritise housing association staff and residents throughout the pandemic.
For example, we successfully made the case for all public-facing housing association staff to be considered as part of the Phase 2 vaccination prioritisation process.
The government has announced it will bring forward regulations to revoke vaccination as a condition of deployment for all health and care settings:
The UK Health Security Agency has announced that people aged 75 years and older, elderly residents in care homes, and those with weakened immune systems will be offered a further booster of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine in spring 2022.
Appointments will be available from the National Booking Service shortly and will be offered within around six months from individuals’ last vaccine dose.
More details about booster vaccines can be found on the government website. Please let us know if you are experiencing any problems with staff, or have any questions about the rollout.
Vaccine status is personal data which cannot be shared without consent because of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) principles. If your organisation is collecting vaccine status data, it is important to understand if this is being done officially or informally through everyday interactions, and why.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has useful information which can be used to remind housing associations of on what lawful basis they can process individuals’ coronavirus vaccination status and disclose it. The reasons for recording individuals’ vaccination status must be clear and necessary. If they cannot be specified, you are unlikely to be able to justify collecting, processing or disclosing it. Please also see the government’s guide to information sharing in relation to safeguarding for reference.