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Government reforms (4):  Compulsory vaccinations – Healthcare

 

What do we already know?

We updated you in our July 2021 Newsletter Government reforms (2): Coronavirus (Covid-19): Mandatory vaccinations for care home staff that the Government announced that from October 2021 anyone working in a registered care home providing nursing or personal care would need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated with both doses.

We also told you that the Government’s guidance on mandatory vaccinations said that care home staff must be fully vaccinated by 11 November 2021, unless exempt.

What’s new?

In November the Government announced that anyone working in health and social care services who interacts with patients and service users, would also need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated with both doses.

This legislation will come into force on 1 April 2022.  From this date providers of CQC-regulated (Care Quality Commission) activities will only be allowed to deploy individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to roles where they interact with patients and service users.

It will be the responsibility of the CQC-registered person, either the service provider or registered manager, to ensure that they only deploy staff who have provided evidence that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.  This covers staff who have direct, face to face contact with patients and other service users:  including  front-line workers, as well as non-clinical workers not directly involved in patient care but who nevertheless may have direct, face to-face contact with patients, such as receptionists, ward clerks, porters and cleaners.

There are limited exemptions from the requirement for staff:

For employers who operate in the health and social care services, we recommend the following to start to prepare for these changes:

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