Churches and halls as vaccination centres


Coronavirus (COVID-19) and church buildings

  • Please see the dedicated web page on Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for church buildings in Lichfield Diocese

COVID-19 vaccination centres

The national Church of England has published guidance which sets out some of the logistical issues that churches might consider when deciding if their buildings could be appropriate COVID-19 vaccination centres:

a) Churches and halls under faculty jurisdiction

The Chancellor of the Diocese of Lichfield has published (7th January 2021) an Additional Matters Order, which allows for the use of churches and/or church halls and related buildings that are attached to the church or within its curtilage to be used for COVID-19 vaccinations without a faculty (subject to conditions).

Additional Matter permission (granted by the Archdeacon) is applied for through an online application via the Online Faculty System (OFS), described as an 'Additional Diocesan matter' at the bottom of the List B selection screen.

Please provide the following supporting documents:

  1. A copy of a resolution of the PCC or Standing Committee in support of the proposal
  2. Details of the proposed arrangements for:
    • Insurance
    • Indemnification of the incumbent and PCC against any liability
    • Restoration of any physical alterations
    • Making good of any physical damage
    • Ensuring that the use of the church (where applicable) for worship and occasional offices including funerals, weddings, and baptisms is not impeded

The Church of England guidance (as above) indicates, in the section on 'Permissions' (page 2), that 'You will need to ensure you get a formal agreement between the PCC and whoever will run the centre... A licence or hiring agreement should be agreed that includes information on fees and payment, insurance and liability arrangements, as well as agreement over access to and use of the space'.

It is therefore recommended that the written agreement includes the items in the bulleted list above, such that this agreement can usefully serve as a catch-all supporting document for the Additional Matter application.

Please note: The DAC officers and Archdeacons can provide further advice on the process of seeking such permission.

Separately, a specific risk assessment (including use as a vaccination centre) should be completed and recorded internally by the parish before providing public access to a church or hall:

b) Halls not under faculty jurisdiction

Church halls and related buildings that are not attached to the church or situated within its curtilage can likely be used for COVID-19 vaccinations without Additional Matter permission. However, using them as vaccination centres may involve works affecting the curtilage of a church (e.g. signage, altered traffic arrangements) and so falling under the faculty jurisdiction.

It is therefore recommended that the written agreement (referred to above) is still made between the PCC and whoever will run the centre, for internal parish purposes, but that the incumbent should notify and consult with their Archdeacon or the Diocesan Registry (legal office) on the question of whether the hall comes under the faculty jurisdiction, in relation to the particular proposal.

Separately, a specific risk assessment (including use as a vaccination centre) should be completed and recorded internally by the parish before providing public access to a hall:

Getting help…

For further information or advice, please contact:

Giles Standing, DAC Secretary
01543 622540 giles.standing@lichfield.anglican.org


Page last updated: 30th March 2021 5:50 AM