The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) has called on the House of Lords to “push the pause button” on legislation to make care home staff COVID vaccination mandatory.
CPA chair Kathy Roberts wrote to the House of Lords after MPs in the Commons voted for the legislation last week. The legislation is to be debated in the Lords tomorrow.
The letter states: “I am writing to confirm that while we are strongly in favour of vaccination for social care staff and recognise the benefits and the extremely low risks of this, we have concerns.
“We ask that you carefully consider our concerns and push the pause button on this piece of legislation until you are completely satisfied that you have all the facts before you.”
In her letter, the CPA chair highlights that 57% of respondents opposed mandatory vaccination following the government’s consultation.
Kathy also highlights the impact on social care recruitment with the sector already coping with 112,000 vacancies.
The CPA chair also raises concerns about all care homes being included in the legislation which previously was intended only for those caring for the elderly.
In further points, Kathy raises concerns over why health care staff are excluded from the legislation, the lack of an impact assessment and points to care providers’ exposure to unfair dismissal claims.
Kathy adds: “Not enough time has been allowed for our dedicated workforce to be educated and offered the clinical knowledge to make a positive choice to have the vaccination.”