Employment Legislation

Are Vaccinations Mandatory for the Whole Health and Care Sector?

Legislation

Are Vaccinations Mandatory for the Whole Health and Care Sector?

Due Date

Spring 2022

Summary

Making vaccination a condition of deployment in the health and wider social care sector in England

Consultation responses published on 10 November 2021 and regulations to be implemented in Spring 2022.

Health and social care providers in England will be required to ensure workers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are exempt.

The regulations, once passed, should apply to health and social care workers who have direct, face-to-face contact with people while providing care – such as doctors, nurses, dentists and domiciliary care workers, unless they are exempt. They will also apply to ancillary staff such as porters or receptionists who may have social contact with patients but are not directly involved in their care.

The proposals announced by Health and Social Care Secretary Rt Hon  Sajid Javid on 9 November 2021 will look to emulate those already on place for CQC registered care homes in England.

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