Employers urged to back vaccination drive

August 4, 2021

NHS England and Public Health England have launched a new campaign to support employers in encouraging staff to get their Covid-19 vaccinations.

Vaccinated people are far less likely to get symptoms from Covid-19, and are even more unlikely to get seriously ill, be admitted to hospital, or to die from it. There is growing evidence that vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.  The vaccine reduces chances of hospitalisation by 85%.  It’s the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history and has already saved thousands of lives by preventing the spread of Covid-19.

What can employers do to encourage employees to get their COVID-19 vaccine?

  • Be as flexible as possible when it comes to staff getting the vaccine, which could include giving paid time off work for employees to attend their vaccination appointment.
  • Use the campaign resources to run an awareness campaign in your organisation and provide employees with access to reliable and accurate information about the vaccine.
  • Share the Q&A document and expert advice videos to explain the vaccine and answer common questions employees may have.
  • Urge staff to be cautious of misinformation and encourage them to use trusted sources like nhs.uk if they are searching for information or answers to questions about the vaccine. The Government has also developed a series of content fronted by trusted community members (faith leaders, clinicians and community leaders) on misinformation.
  • Create employee advocates by encouraging staff to discuss their vaccine experiences and share accurate information with colleagues, family and friends.

You can find resources such as posters, key messages and more by clicking here.

You can find out more about vaccination information for employers in different areas of the Marches by following the links to local authority information pages: Herefordshire CouncilShropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council.

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk | email: enquiries@marchesgrowthhub.co.uk.

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: www.marchescareershub.co.uk | email: info@marchescareershub.co.uk

For any queries about Getting Building Fund (GBF), Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Marches Investment Fund (MIF) projects supported by the Marches LEP please contact: gary.spence@shropshire.gov.uk

For any finance queries please contact: michelle.hodgkiss@shropshire.gov.uk

The solvent liquidation of the Marches LEP is being managed by the Evelyn Partners Limited. For any matter related to this please contact: Camilla.Mulholland@evelyn.com

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