About turn on mandatory vaccination in health and social care employers
Our previous news articles have discussed mandatory vaccines in CQC regulated care homes:
- Healthcare workers – can you be forced to be vaccinated against COVID-19 ready for the 1 April 2022 deadline?
- What to do if your staff are not vaccinated by 1 April 2022 – advice for businesses in the health and social care sector
Only last week, it was announced that mandatory vaccination would be rolled out to all health and social care employers. Employers have grave concerns about pre-existing struggles in recruitment.
In answer to these concerns, it was announced on 31st January 2022 that the Government would launch a consultation on ending mandatory vaccinations for health and social care employees.
The consultation is set to last 2 weeks. Subject to responses, this means that the regulations governing mandatory vaccination could be scrapped.
Even if there is a U-turn on mandatory vaccinations, employers will still be expected to create a safe place of work for staff, and staff in health and social care settings will still be urged to be vaccinated. Employers will need to consider updating policies and contracts on the use of vaccines.
We suggest employers follow regular updates and also continued communicating with staff who are impacted by changes to mandatory vaccination rules.
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