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EXCLUSIVE: Mandatory care home staff vaccination to come into force by November

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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.

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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.

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4 Comments

  1. Those should be a choice and working in care there should be better ways of working practices to safe gard our resident and all our staff .
    In witch they should enforce some the home bad practices witch are going on.

  2. I fully support this legislation, we have not worked hard over the past year to protect residents and staff only to risk employing people that refuse to have the vaccine, if this is the case then the last year has been pointless!

  3. After working in a care home for four years- through the pandemic, holding hands with dying residents who became my second family, putting my own families lives at risk, Coving long shifts of fellow staff members due to them having to isolate, I have been informed today of this new law! Now I’m the risk! I am tested three times a week yet I’m still a risk! I haven’t had to isolate once (yet covered shifts for those who have been vaccinated and still had to isolate) and take all possible measures to keep myself, residents, residents families and my own family safe – and yet I’m being forced to either get the vaccine or lose my job! How is this fair? Government didn’t mind me putting myself at risk by working in the care home through the pandemic but now I’m too much of a risk! Thanks government! You make me feel so unappreciated- I will not be forced into getting the vaccine, I will get it in my own time , if or when I’m ready. I put my heart and soul into keeping our vulnerable adults safe, on minimum wage, for what? A kick in the teeth !

  4. I wholeheartedly agree with J Burton.

    How and where do we recruit caring, kind ,dedicated staff from when we are faced with a mass exodus of care staff.

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