As part of the ongoing fight against the pandemic, the NHS is rolling out the largest vaccination programme in its history. In a race against time and to stem the spread of coronavirus that is sweeping the UK, vaccination centres located in GP surgeries, NHS hospital hubs and mass vaccination centres will be administering the COVID-19 jabs.
Hidden Disabilities Sunflower is working with the NHS to support people with hidden disabilities during this crucial vaccine roll-out by providing free Hidden Disabilities Sunflower training and products to NHS vaccination centres. This means that an individual who chooses to wear the Sunflower can be confident they will be supported with the extra time, care, patience or understanding that they may need when visiting one of the vaccination centres that recognises the Sunflower.
Please be aware that wearing the Sunflower Lanyard does not mean you are exempt from wearing a face-covering - please see the UK Government Guidelines here for details on being face-covering exempt.
If you are an NHS COVID-19 vaccination centre and want to find out more about supporting people with hidden disabilities by recognising the Sunflower, click the button below:
But what about people with hidden disabilities?
People with hidden disabilities could experience significant challenges during the vaccination process, ranging from anxiety, an inability to process and retain information or visual and hearing impairments through to not being able to stand for long periods of time or having limited access to toilet facilities. Wearing the Sunflower can help to make these invisible challenges, visible so that Sunflower wearers can highlight that they may need extra support, care or simply a little more time when visiting one of the vaccination centres listed below. This list is constantly updated as more NHS vaccination centres join the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme:
COVID-19 vaccination centres that recognise the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower*:
Airedale General Hospital
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
Boots, Huddersfield, HD1 2QE
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Bristol, Ashton Gate Football Stadium
Cambridge University Hospitals
Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, Cardiff
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals
Gloucester Boots Vaccination Centre
Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Trust
Guy’s & St Thomas’, London
Hathaway Medical Centre
James Paget University Hospitals, Great Yarmouth
Lancashire Teaching Hospital, Preston
Liverpool University Hospitals
Mount Gould Hospital
North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
North West Anglia, Peterborough
Royal Bath and West Showground
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Free London
Royal Surrey Hospital
South Tees NHS Trust, Middlesbrough
Surrey & Sussex Healthcare
University Hospital Plymouth
University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire
University Hospitals Derby & Burton
I have a hidden disability and I am waiting for a vaccine
The NHS will contact you when it's your turn for your jab, probably by letter. Don’t contact the NHS for your vaccine, they will contact you. Check the list above for a list of all the vaccination sites that support the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower. Training has been provided to staff recognise the Sunflower and to offer any additional time, care or support that you may need.
Who gets the vaccine first?
Top of the priority list are people who live and work in care homes, followed by people over the age of 80 and frontline health and social care workers - including NHS staff. Next on the list are people over the age of 75, and the fourth group are people aged 70 and those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable. This last group, who are the same as those who have been advised to shield, includes people such as organ transplant recipients and cancer patients.
Protecting yourself while you wait for the vaccine
Even though vaccines are being rolled out, you may not get yours for a while. This makes it very important you continue to protect yourself from catching or spreading the virus while you wait for yours. This includes:
- following the government guidance that’s applicable to you (where you live and how vulnerable you are)
- washing your hands often, with warm water and soap, or using alcohol-based hand sanitiser
- staying at least 2m apart from people you don’t live with or are not in your support bubble
- wearing a face covering, if you can wear one.
Will these locations provide the Sunflower lanyards?
No. In this instance, we have advised each location that they are under no obligation to provide Sunflower lanyards.
Where can I obtain a Sunflower lanyard and other items?
What if the site who is providing my vaccination is not on this list?
This will mean that they have not signed up to recognise the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower and have not received a free vaccination pack.
If you are an NHS COVID-19 vaccination centre and want to support people with hidden disabilities by recognising the Sunflower, please click here below to open an account:
What happens next
Once your account has been approved, we will provide you with the following for FREE:
- a code to order your free COVID-19 vaccination pack (details below)
- a selection of promotional products to demonstrate that you recognise the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower to your patients and colleagues
- full access to the Sunflower training for yourself and your colleagues
- you will be added to our list above of vaccination sites that recognise the Sunflower to promote your support to people with hidden disabilities during this challenging time. We will also promote your recognition across our social media channels to inform the Sunflower wearers as to where they will be supported
- use of the Sunflower supporter logo to add to the vaccination communications you provide to your patients
What do I receive in my Covid Vaccination packs?
There are 3 kinds of packs for pharmacies and surgeries, hospitals and mass vaccination centres. Products provided in each as follows:
Pharmacy and Surgery Pack
2 x A3 poster
1 x A2 poster
2 x A4 training info sheet
2 x A2 posters
2 x A3 posters
Free Sunflower training
2 Supporter lanyards
Mass Vaccination Pack
10 x A2 posters
10 x A3 posters
Free Sunflower training
5 Supporter lanyards
How do I obtain the video training?
The training can be accessed on our website via your account. If you prefer to provide access to your colleagues via your intranet, we can provide you with embed codes but would need you to sign an NDA to ensure the training is not released outside of your organisation. This NDA is available for you to download, complete and return to us via the training page.
Will we be expected to provide the Sunflower lanyards to our patients?
No, you are not expected to provide the Sunflower lanyards or any other Sunflower product. We will be communicating to the Sunflower wearers that the COVID-19 vaccination centres will recognise the Sunflower but will not be providing the wearables. If an individual chooses to wear a Sunflower product and requires one, they are available to purchase from our website.
Can I have additional products?
If you need additional Sunflower items to the ones available in the free packs, all the Sunflower products can be purchased from our store by clicking here.