COVID-19

See all the latest COVID-19 news and updates

Enclosed for your information is the latest guidance from HMPPS that clarifies the procedures to be taken when dealing with staff absences due to Covid 19 and the effects of Long Covid.

Watch the interview with Geoff Willets on ITV News, talk about the prison outbreak putting England's smallest county top of Covid infection chart

The Labour Research Department have produced a Booklet on ‘Working Safely with Covid-19. The coronavirus pandemic has presented significant new health and safety challenges for workers and their trade unions.

Watch Mark Fairhurst interviewed on BBC North West Today talking about COVID 19 outbreaks in Prisons

Please see below a note on the WHO’s position on occupational vaccines by Ivan Dimov of WHO:

The TUC have sent out to all affiliated Trade Unions information on how colleagues and their families who come under the CEV category can access the vaccine as it appears not to have been widely communicated.

Vaccinations in Prisons - Lucy Fraser, Prisons Minister interviewed by Sky News

The POA has demanded prison workers and prisoners are given COVID vaccines as a matter of priority.

Please find attached the letter to the Parliamentary Under Secertary of State (Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment) stating our case as to why POA members and more widely prison staff and those in our care should be in the priority group for vaccinations.

Enclosed is the latest update from Gold that has been forwarded to all Governors.

Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.