CHP SURVEY: Seven in ten support mandatory care home worker vaccination


A survey of CHP readers has found that 70% support making COVID vaccination for care home workers mandatory.

Just 30% of respondents said care home workers should be given the choice on whether or not to have a vaccination.

The strong support for mandatory jabs comes after the government last week announced the launch of a five-week consultation on requiring staff in care homes for older people to be vaccinated.

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Moves towards making COVID jabs mandatory have received a mixed response from providers and other stakeholders.

Leading care home providers Barchester and Care UK have introduced measures requiring workers to be vaccinated.

By contrast, Four Seasons and NorseCare are amongst providers arguing for jabs to remain optional.

Care workers’ union Unison, meanwhile, has said making workers’ jabs mandatory is the “wrong approach”, while North Yorkshire based representative body the Independent Care Group has backed persuasion rather than mandatory adoption.

Leading care bodies Care England, the National Care Association and National Care Forum have welcomed the consultation while also highlighting that any measures should include NHS staff.

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