chester

Chester 01244 405 555

Grosvenor Court
Foregate Street Chester
Cheshire CH1 1HG
DX: 19990 Chester

shrewsbury

Shrewsbury 01743 443043

Lakeside House
Oxon Business Park
Shrewsbury SY3 5HJ
DX: 148563 Shrewsbury 14

Slide e

Airport City, Manchester 0161 537 3324

Offices 204 and 205
Manchester Business Park
3000 Aviator Way
Manchester M22 5TG

9th November, 2021

Mandatory for frontline NHS staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

handholdingcovid vaccinationvile

Following a 6-week period of consultation by the Government, it will now be mandatory for frontline NHS staff in England to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

It comes with a deadline being set for all staff to be double jabbed, assumably subject to exemptions, by the 1st April 2022.

At the beginning of the consultation in September 2021, more than 92% of frontline NHS staff were reported to have had their first dose of the vaccine and 89% were fully vaccinated, however the number of unvaccinated NHS workers in England was still between 80,000 and 100,000.

In the months leading up to today’s announcement, Health Secretary Sajid Javid referred to the mandatory requirements in the social care sector and how the uptake on vaccinations ‘absolutely surged’ after they were made compulsory. As the daily Covid case numbers continue to increase, he stated that he thought making NHS staff vaccinations mandatory was the right thing to do to protect both staff and patients.

Vaccination requirements are already compulsory in some NHS roles, such as surgeons who engage in exposure-prone procedures having to have had the Hepatitis B vaccine.

The full details of the mandatory requirement are yet to be released, however the Government consultation also considered whether requirements should apply for health and wider social care workers: those in contact with patients and people receiving care. It would therefore mean only those who are fully vaccinated, unless medically exempt, could be deployed to deliver health and care services.

There are however growing concerns regarding the number of NHS staff who may leave their position due to the vaccine requirement. Furthermore, union officials have also expressed their view that bringing in mandatory requirements are ‘risky’ and that the NHS should try and be persuaded to get jabbed, rather than enforcing a law against them to do so.

Contact us for help and advice.



Meet the Author
-


  Email Me
 

You might also be interested in...

New Measures Announced to Control the Number of Second Homes in Wales

9th August, 2022

Concerns surrounding the rising number of second homes has forced the Welsh Government to act. In July a... Read More »

Employment Law Newsletter – August 2022

5th August, 2022

Welcome to the latest edition of our Employment Law Newsletter. If you would like discuss any of the... Read More »

What the Decision on Holiday Pay for Part-Year Workers Means for Employers

2nd August, 2022

The Supreme Court has recently issued its long-awaited decision in the case of Harpur Trust v Brazel. This... Read More »

Contact Us