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Government warned of ‘significant challenges’ to mandatory staff vaccination

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The government has been warned it faces “significant challenges” to implementing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for care home staff.

Vic Rayner, CEO of the National Care Forum, issued the warning following the government’s announcement yesterday that care home staff will be required to vaccinate under a new law.

Vic warned the legislation was a “logistical nightmare” for care homes who will be held responsible for checking the vaccination status or exemption of people for everyone crossing their threshold.

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The CEO pointed out that people working in a care home will need to begin their vaccinations eight-week into the 16-week ‘grace period’ in order to make sure they are fully vaccinated and, therefore, still eligible to work.

The NCF head added that the suggestion that people who were not fully vaccinated would be redeployed was “not meaningful” for the majority of care homes as the majority of staff work in the home.

She said that if more detail and support were not rapidly provided, the government ran the risk of creating an “impenetrable maze” and adding further staffing pressures while asking managers to operate an “unworkable vaccination door policy”.

Karolina Gerlich, CEO of The Care Workers’ Charity, also warned of “severe and devastating staff shortages” as a result of the policy, adding that “compulsory vaccinations will only serve to further alienate our wonderful social care workforce that, despite their incredible work, feel side-lined, undervalued and ignored”.

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4 Comments

  1. Vaccinating care home staff will not protect Resident’s in care if visitors are not subject to the same conditions. In my care home each resident has at least 5 relatives/friends and when visiting opens fully this equates to 3 times the number of individuals coming into the home against Staff numbers. These individuals will hug, kiss and touch residents and will be the same risk to passing on covid19 as the staff. Add this to the visiting professionals, contractors and entertainers coming through the doors and it makes no sense at all.

    1. I have said exactly the same thing today. I agree with all of the above. I too have a care home and the challenges we have faced this last 16 months of which are still ongoing.. The recruitment issue is still a big problem and this will only put more pressure on our already fractured health service.

    2. I totally agree with you Paul and have said the same thing to my own Manager at the care home in which I work – and my MP also (amongst all the other points I raised) when I wrote to him.

      What also doesn’t make sense, and is in fact massively unjust, is the fact that this new law only affects English care staff. If I were working in Scotland or Wales doing exactly the same job which I am doing right now, I would not be facing the prospect of losing my job due to my choice that I do not wish to receive the vaccination. So much for working in the ‘United Kingdom’!

  2. There is a petition online. Go to UK and Government Petitions and it’s listed as “Do not require health and social care workers to take covid-19 vaccination”. I have just signed it, it’s completely unacceptable this situation!

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