28 August 2020: the Covid vulnerability questionnaires for staff and students have been updated to reflect changes in ALAMA's methodology. In particular, scoring for Body Mass Index (BMI) and medical conditions is now related to an individual's age. If you have previously completed the questionnaire you may wish to do so again, particularly if you have a relevant medical condition and/or high BMI (>/= 30).

What is 'COVID vulnerability' and why is it important?

'COVID Vulnerability' is essentially a measure of risk – it is a combination of the likelihood that an individual will become infected with the virus, and the possibility that, once infected, they will develop serious illness.

The likelihood that someone will get the infection through work can be reduced through control measures that minimise workplace exposure (also referred to as making the workplace 'COVID Secure' - see our COVID secure arrangement pages for details on how the University intends to achieve this)

If the likelihood that someone will get the infection through work remains higher than their likelihood of becoming infected outside work, then, for the individual worker, their personal vulnerability becomes important.

What is the 'COVID-age' Questionnaire?

It is an easy to use questionnaire developed by the Association of Local Authority Medical Advisers (ALAMA) that helps assess an individual's vulnerability to COVID-19.

It is based on published medical evidence for the main risk factors associated with COVID19. i.e. Age; Sex; Ethnicity; Body Mass Index (BMI) and health status.

It works by changing the risk associated with each risk factor into years which are added to (or subtracted from) an individual's actual age to then give a single overall 'COVID age', indicating the individual's level of vulnerability to the effects of the virus.

The University is using it as part of a collection of tools to help us support those individuals who may have a higher 'COVID vulnerability'.  It is also to be used I conjunction with the other COVID safe guidance documents (e.g. guide to completing COVID-safe risk assessments and temporary homeworking guidance). 

Completion of the questionnaire is voluntary. At the end of the questionnaire, you will have the option to share the results with your line manager. You should do so if your vulnerability score is 'very high' or 'high' so that you can have an informed discussion about the most appropriate way to assist you to work safely during the current pandemic.  Individuals who fall in to the clinically extremely vulnerable group should speak to their line manager regardless of their vulnerability score.

NOTE: Covid-age does not provide an exact measure, so when it is used to calculate vulnerability from medical conditions, and particularly multiple medical conditions, clinical judgement must also be used by a suitably qualified health professional.

The data which you provide will be stored securely and confidentially in accordance with the University's Data Protection Policy. It will be used to provide the results of the questionnaire to you and to your line manager if you choose to share the results with them, and may also be used to produce anonymised statistics.

To access the staff questionnaire, please click on this link:   https://greenwichuniversity.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3sHNDVfeE7nbHp3

To access the student questionnaire, please click on this link: https://www.gre.ac.uk/welcome/request-for-online-study

Line managers who have been asked to complete an individual risk assessment, as a result of someone receiving a 'high' COVID-age score, should follow the advice set out in the Managers Guide to interpreting vulnerability and associated COVID risk assessment guidance.

Line managers who have been asked to complete an individual risk assessment, as a result of the individual falling into the clinically extremely vulnerable group, should follow the advice set out in the COVID risk assessment guidance

Any queries relating to individual COVID risk assessments should be directed to the Health and Safety Unit (safetyunit@gre.ac.uk).