All care home workers and anyone else entering a care home will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have an exemption, by 11 November 2021.
The date for mandatory compliance was set after the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) amended the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.
A DHSC spokesperson said: “Vaccines save lives and while staff and residents in care homes have been prioritised and the majority are now vaccinated, we need to do everything we can to keep reducing the risk for the most vulnerable.
“Through our extensive public consultation we have listened to the experiences and concerns of providers and people living and working in care homes to help shape our approach.”
Industry leaders and unions have voiced their concerns of a “mass exodus” of workers due to the mandatory requirement with estimates that around 70,000 workers could leave the sector.
Guidance on compliance with the legislation can be found here.
The CQC has published a statement on how it will enforce the legislation, commenting: “We urge all relevant providers, managers and staff to read the guidance and take any necessary actions in order to be ready for when this duty is in place.
“The requirement forms part of the fundamental standards and will be monitored and enforced in appropriate cases by CQC. We will not begin monitoring this until it becomes a duty in November. We will continue to use our existing assessment and enforcement policies and take a proportionate approach.”