Healthcare organisations should be prepared in the event of the introduction of compulsory Covid vaccinations for care home staff.
That is the warning from Kate Brooks, partner and head of employment at Ellis Jones Solicitors, which have four local offices.
Kate said: “Mandatory vaccination for employees in CQC registered homes is a controversial move.
“It will also apply to agency staff and those who visit to provide services, such as beauticians and trades people.
“Medical exemptions will apply although it is unclear about whether religious or philosophical beliefs will also be taken into account.
“We will know more once the legislation makes its way through Parliament but it is entirely possible that the policy will be extended into other healthcare settings too.
“It would be prudent to consider this a starting shot start to begin preparations now rather than face a last-minute rush later on.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also announced a consultation on extending the requirement to NHS workers and other health care staff.
Practical steps to take include: developing a vaccine policy; training managers and staff; ensuring equal opportunities and anti-harassment and bullying training is up to date; consultation, education and support for all staff
There have been more than 42,000 deaths involving COVID in care homes in England during the pandemic to date, according to the Office for National Statistics.
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