Care home staff who refuse the COVID vaccine should not deliver care to residents, a council leader has said.
Councillor Kay Cutts MBE, Conservative leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, made the remarks during a council meeting yesterday, NottinghamshireLive reported.
Councillor Cutts said: “I would’ve expected all the care workers to seriously consider being vaccinated.
“We do have a duty of care to people who live in those homes and if they are being exposed to disease because of someone’s reluctance to have it, then I think we need to think quite seriously about how that’s operating.
“If it were my relative in a care home, I’d be very concerned if they weren’t making quite sure that anyone who dealt with my beloved person wasn’t vaccinated.
“I do think we are now going to have quite a strong view on this. If they are not going to be prepared to be vaccinated, they probably can’t deliver services which are close personal services because that wouldn’t be fair to the person they are looking after.”
Leading solicitors Ridouts has, meanwhile, advised care providers to focus on persuasion rather than compelling staff to take vaccinations.
An NHS document revealed by the Health Service Journal last week says hospitals can consider redeploying staff who refuse COVID jabs.
Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, said: “Thank you to all the care staff for the excellent work they do looking after the most vulnerable people in our communities. I would encourage them to take up the opportunity to have the vaccine and benefit from the protection it provides. I am pleased that more than 80%* of staff and residents have already been vaccinated in Nottinghamshire care homes.”
(*80% figure based on last week’s data)