COVID-19 and personal assistants (PAs)
Eligibility for free testing in adult social care
Personal assistants are eligible for free lateral flow tests if they are directly employed by an individual (or self-employed) to provide care and support to an adult to enable them to live as independently as possible. This care could include support in the home, or to go out into the community.
- View the Goverment Guidance for COVID-19 testing in adult social care. (see section 3.1.2 specifically).
- Personal Assistants can order tests from the government online portal. PAs should be testing twice per week and also if they display any COVID-19 symptoms.
COVID-19 booster vaccinations
Personal assistants are classified as frontline health or social care workers (key workers), and can book a booster vaccination six months after their second vaccination. PAs will need to self-declare they are a frontline health or social care worker when booking and will need to provide proof of employment at the vaccination site, otherwise they may be turned away.
One of the following will be accepted as proof of employment: a workplace photo ID, a recent letter from their employer (last 3 months) or a recent payslip which shows their employer (last 3 months).
If you require a key worker letter for your personal assistant(s) as proof of employment, Penderels Trust, the Direct Payment support service, have produced a template.
If you would like to discuss this in more detail please email email@example.com or call 01926 413908 and speak with an Independent Living Team Officer.
If you need personal protective equipment (PPE)
We are currently providing approximately one month’s supply of PPE in each delivery, and we recommend that you request your next delivery of PPE when you have one week of supply left. If you have any queries, please contact CV19PPE@warwickshire.gov.uk.
Free personal protective equipment (PPE) for COVID-19 needs in adult social care will remain available until the end of March 2023.