Care England has called on the government to reconsider the timeframe for making COVID vaccination a condition of deployment in health and social care settings.
The call comes with legislation required care home staff to be vaccinated due to come into force on 11 November.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, (pictured) said: “If vaccination for COVID-19 and/or flu is legislated as a condition of deployment for the wider social care sector, due consideration must be lent to the timeframe for its imposition and it must be accompanied by commensurate resources and funding.
“Adult social care providers are in the midst of a perfect storm. Providers are currently operating against a backdrop of a multitude of workforce pressures and need Government assistance as outlined in our ongoing correspondence with the Secretary of State.”
Responding to the DHSC Consultation on making vaccination a condition of deployment in the health and wider social care sector, Care England appealed for lessons to be learned from the legislative process for the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of deployment across the registered care home sector.
It also warned that mandating the COVID-19 and/or flu vaccination, in addition to enormous workforce pressures, could only intensify the difficulties currently experienced by providers and may well be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for many providers.
Martin added: “We are yet to see the Government’s Impact Assessment for vaccination as a condition of deployment for the care home sector. We urge the Government to listen to the sector in order that any unintended consequences, namely the potential disruption to the delivery of health and care services, can be avoided.”