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Care UK introduces no jab, no job policy

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Leading care home operator Care UK has introduced a no jab, no job policy for recruiting new staff.

The move comes after Barchester Healthcare announced last month that it would not hire staff who refused vaccination and set at a deadline of 23 April for existing staff to take up jabs.

Barchester is also lobbying the Government for designated care home visitors to be prioritised for vaccination.

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A Care UK spokesperson said: “We hope all colleagues, present and future, will see the benefits vaccination can bring to themselves, their families and the people living and working in our homes.

“For new recruits, we now ask at both the application and interview stage whether they have had, or would be willing to have, the vaccination. This means, right from the outset, that they are fully aware of the need for new colleagues to be vaccinated as a requirement we make to keep residents in our homes safe. So far this has not proved a barrier for those keen to build a career with us. This approach is becoming increasingly common across the care home sector.”

A poll of 194 care providers by legal firm Royds With King has found that almost three-quarters (73%) would like to make a COVID vaccination a condition of employment for new staff, including exceptions for those exempted on medical grounds.

More than half (53%) of care providers said they had vaccinated over 80% of staff, however, one in five said they had vaccinated just over 40% of workers.

The vast majority of those not vaccinated were due to staff being unwilling or unable to have the vaccine, although 78% of providers that up to 10% of unvaccinated staff had not been able to access jabs.

James Sage, Employment Partner and Head of Social Care at Royds Withy King, said: “These figures indicate how keen care providers are to protect the health and safety of their clients and workforce by ensuring that as many people as possible get vaccinated.

“In practice, fewer numbers are likely to move ahead with it now because of the risk it might hinder recruitment which is already incredibly challenging – 59% of providers reported that they do not have enough staff with a further 11% saying they have significant staffing gaps.”

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2 Comments

  1. Yes, absolutely excellent indeed!

    Working for NMW on night shifts, cleaning poop and wee, verbally abused by some residents and sometimes physically abused (where the resident decide to slap the staff across face), and coerced into having a vaccination I do not want.

    I am not against science, and I am not an antivaxxer, I have genuine concerns that doctors express in BMJ journals that you probably haven’t read. I sincerely hope this is not another case of Dengavaxia, and I also hope the job market will pick up, so that I can find something else, related to my academic skills, where I’ d feel valued as a human being and paid accordingly.

    I pray you find the staff willing to work for NMW, be coerced into having a vaccine and actually give a toss about residents.

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