Legislation requiring care home staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 is expected to come into force by November, CHP has learned.
The government confirmed that care home staff would be required to vaccinate last month following a five-week consultation on the new law.
MPs voted to back the legislation by 319 votes to 246 this month following a heated debate in the Commons which saw many expressing concerns over the lack of an impact assessment on the measure.
Care leaders have called on the House of Lords to pause the legislation, highlighting its negative impact on care home staff recruitment and retention.
In a letter to the Lords, Care Provider Alliance Chair, Kathy Roberts, called for a pause, commenting: “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.”
The legislation is subject to Parliamentary approval as well as a 16-week grace period.
A Department of Health & Social Care spokesperson told CHP that the 16-week period would begin once the regulations have been made, meaning that, subject to approval, the regulations will come into force by November.
Leading care home providers Barchester and Care UK have already introduced changes to contracts requiring staff to vaccinate, while HC-One announced a consultation on the move this month.