Your opportunity to help save lives

Thank you for your interest in joining the NHS Covid-19 vaccine team in a paid role.

The NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has delivered close to 100 million doses in just a year, saving an estimated 127,500 lives in England.

This success has been possible thanks to a huge national effort by NHS staff, supported by tens of thousands of new vaccine staff and volunteers.

The NHS is now accelerating its vaccination programme further, aiming to offer booster and third doses to all eligible adults imminently, as well as providing second doses to eligible young people.

To achieve this, the NHS needs your help. NHS England has partnered with NHS Professionals to reopen recruitment for approximately 10,000 paid roles across the country, to join existing vaccine teams in protecting those who need it.

The roles available are all flexible and range from vaccinators to healthcare support workers, administrators and steward volunteers. Further details on the roles and routes available to take part are below. All roles provide full training and appropriate supervision.

This is your opportunity to join a team which is saving lives and helping the country return to normal life. If you can help, please apply now.

Before applying to the National Vaccination Programme, please consider your own health situation, especially if you are someone with a health condition or have been considered previously to be clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid-19. Please refer to the advice here.

It is also important to understand before applying for a role in the NHS National Vaccination programme, that all roles will involve regular, close contact with members of the public, which may increase your risk of catching Covid-19, despite adhering to current guidance. We advise you not to progress with an application if you feel you may be putting yourself at additional risk.

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Find out more with the FAQs below:

Frequently asked questions

What job opportunities are available?

There are currently openings for the following roles through this rote:

  • Registered healthcare professionals
  • Administrators
  • Non-registered Vaccinators
  • Healthcare support workers

Openings for roles will vary across the country, as some locations may not require additional help. Applications will therefore be prioritised based on the demand for help in your area.

We are particularly keen to welcome back former colleagues to help in the continued national effort – especially if you have experience of vaccinating in the NHS.

However, you don’t need to have experience in the NHS or as a vaccinator to play a role in this programme, either in a paid or voluntary capacity, so we would encourage everyone to look at the roles available to see whether they might be right for you.

If you are looking for a voluntary role, please go back to www.england.nhs.uk/JoinVaccineTeam to view the routes available now.

I am a retired clinician who has already offered to come back to the NHS. What do I need to do?

We are extremely grateful to all former clinicians who have previously offered, or would now like to come back and help support the NHS in its COVID-19 efforts.

We are keen to take up these offers as quickly as possible. Please apply through here.

I previously applied for a paid role, do I need to re-apply?

If you completed your application, including your vetting and training, and were yet to be deployed to your selected NHS Trust, you will be contacted by NHS Professionals if there is sufficient demand in your area.

 What is the start date for these roles?

We are looking for a variety of roles to be filled which will have different start dates. Start dates will be dependent on the requirements of the location to which is requiring additional support and potentially the role to which you have applied.

 What is the application process? Depending on the role you are applying for the process will include an application form, completion of vetting and training, occupational health screening, and a short, recorded video interview submission. You will be given access to complete all elements of the application via the login process. Please note, as above, any applicants who successfully completed an application previously, including vetting and training, will be communicated with separately to understand if they still want to take part in the programme.
 Is there a deadline to apply for the roles?

Although there is no deadline for applications currently, we are only looking to recruit to the number of job openings available at this time and therefore will stop accepting applications when the NHS has sufficient volume of candidates progressing through the recruitment stages to fill the available roles. 

 I applied for a role but have heard nothing back

We are sorry to hear this and want to reassure you that we are grateful for your application to support the NHS at this time.

If you received a notification confirming your details have been received, you do not need to do anything else, and the organising team will be in touch as soon as possible.

We have had a huge amount of interest in these roles and teams in all the organisations involved in the vaccination effort are working hard to process the tens of thousands of expressions of interest and applications we have collectively received.

The requirements and roles vary across the country, where some locations may not require additional workforce and therefore applications are being prioritised based on demand in local areas.

However, if you have been waiting for a month or more please contact the organisation you applied through using the details on their website.

 What if my application is/was rejected but I really want to help?

There may be a few reasons for an application to be rejected, including limited or no job openings in the area you applied for through the national recruitment campaign.

If you would still like to help you can check for locally advertised vaccine roles on NHS Jobs or consider other routes listed on this page. 

 
 Why is my local area not advertising the vaccine roles?

Not all vaccination sites have requested additional help and therefore will not be listed as site with job openings through the national recruitment campaign.  

If you would still like to help you can check for locally advertised vaccine roles on NHS Jobs  

 What are the working hours?

Opening hours for COVID-19 vaccinations will differ from site to site based on local demand, but there will be a range of working pattern options to manage shifts and rest days through local rostering arrangements. 

You may be considering helping for a few hours per week whilst also in another job, which is fine – roles available are flexible (full time and part time) so you can choose when you are able to support the programme.

Please check with the organisation you have applied through.

Where will I work?

Vaccinations will be taking place in a range of NHS locations such as hospitals, GP practices, community pharmacies, and dedicated vaccination centres. In all cases, full training and appropriate supervision, and personal protective equipment will be available to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers, and patients.

 What is the pay?  The pay varies depending on the role. Details will be available when you apply to a specific role.   
 Will training be available?

Yes, you will be given all the training you need to ensure you can do the role you apply for safely and effectively.

Those who have applied for vaccinator roles will be provided with comprehensive online vaccination training, as well as in-person assessment and supervision. You will only be able to vaccinate once your supervisor has signed off your competency to vaccinate people.

 
How much training will I need to do or provide proof of completed training to be a vaccinator?

Everyone will need to complete training on the make-up and handling of the vaccines we are using and how to spot and care for people suffering allergic reactions. These are crucial to ensure patient safety and that vaccines aren’t wasted. If new vaccines are made available to the NHS, you will be required to undertake further training on these too.

All other training requirements will be in line with your experience and training records – e.g. registered healthcare professionals and those with experience of vaccinating will not be required to repeat any valid, relevant training they have done in the past. 

People who haven’t vaccinated or worked in the NHS before will need to complete other legally-required training in line with that completed by other staff.

 How will training be delivered?

Most of the training for these roles can be completed in advance at home through online platforms.

Vaccinators will be assessed and supervised on site to ensure their safety and that of the patient. You will only be able to vaccinate once your supervisor has signed off your competency to vaccinate people.

 I have successfully completed my application for a role and the online training. How will I know when I am needed?

Once your application has been processed by a central team, your details will be provided to the lead employer which is an NHS trust or organisation responsible for overseeing and managing vaccine teams in the surrounding local area.   

The lead employer will contact you to arrange your training, induction and work with you to determine your availability.

Please look out for an email from your lead employer.

 I will be joining as a vaccinator/clinical supervisor/registered healthcare professional, what should I do as I wait to start work at a vaccination site?

There are no specific actions for people waiting to be invited to start work. However, if you would like to, you can revisit any e-learning modules including the COVID-19 vaccination, anaphylaxis, and immunisation sessions. It is recommended you check the Gov.UK page for any updates to Chapter 14a of the Green Book before you start your first shift – you can see the list of updates by expanding the ‘show all updates’ link on the Gov.UK page.

You will need to complete new online training on the e-Learning for Health portal if additional vaccines become available following MHRA approvals. We will provide further information at the time.

 Will I be paid for completing the e-learning modules during the application process?

The programme will pay for training time invested by those who applied for a vaccinator role through NHS Professionals or through local NHS recruitment routes and have since been invited to start work at a local vaccination site.

Lead Employers will arrange payment during the local onboarding process. The amount paid will differ depending on the training required for a specific role and will be paid soon after completion of your first shift.

 What if I can no longer attend my shift?

You must inform your site point of contact as soon as possible so that the shift can be filled by another person.

 Will staff and volunteers be offered the vaccine / booster vaccine?

Everyone aged 12 and over is now eligible for and has been offered the primary course of vaccines. If you have not had your first or second doses yet, you can book these now at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine

All staff and volunteers in patient-facing roles fall under the eligibility criteria of health and social care staff, and this group is highly encouraged to get vaccinated, including their booster dose. 

 Will I be safe?

Everyone working in a vaccination service will be given and expected to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and follow other strict rules to keep themselves and patients safe.

Before applying to the National Vaccination Programme, please consider your own health situation, especially if you are someone with a health condition or have been considered previously to be clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid-19. Please refer to the advice here.

It is also important to understand before applying for a role in the NHS National Vaccination programme, that all roles will involve regular, close contact with members of the public, which may increase your risk of catching Covid-19, despite adhering to current guidance. We advise you not to progress with an application if you feel you may be putting yourself at additional risk.

Apply now