The following is a reprint of an email sent by DFES to all Volunteers regarding COVID19
On 12 November 2021, the Chief Health Officer issued the Fire and Emergency Services Worker (Restrictions on Access) Directions under the Public Health Act 2016.
The directions specify COVID19 vaccination requirements for fire and emergency services (FES) workers – the definition of which includes volunteers – before they can access fire and emergency services sites.
This means that DFES staff and fire and emergency services volunteers are required to comply with the directions which have been put in place to address the risks posed by COVID19.
The directions also mean all volunteers need to have received their first vaccination by 31 December 2021 and be fully vaccinated by 31 January 2022.
Staff and volunteers who do not comply with these directions will not be permitted to remain at or enter fire and emergency services sites.
To provide further assistance and details regarding the directions, a series of Frequently Asked Questions have been prepared and uploaded on the Volunteer Hub.
If you have already obtained your vaccination certificate, you can advise DFES by uploading your certificate via the Volunteer Hub, following the step-by-step guide.
If you don’t have access to the Volunteer Hub, please note other options are being developed by DFES to make it easier for volunteers to provide evidence of their COVID19 vaccinations. Further information will be provided shortly.
If you have any further questions please read the Frequently Asked Questions or email our COVID19 Incident Response Team through firstname.lastname@example.org