All care home staff to be fully vaccinated under new law

People working in CQC-registered care homes will need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated with both doses Decision follows an extensive public consultation with thousands of staff, providers, residents and families […]

Published on 17/06/2021 in News
  • People working in CQC-registered care homes will need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated with both doses
  • Decision follows an extensive public consultation with thousands of staff, providers, residents and families
  • Further consultation will be launched on whether to extend to other health and social care settings

Care home residents will be better protected from death and serious illness, following confirmation people working in care homes will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The new legislation means from October 2021 – subject to parliamentary approval and a subsequent 16 week grace period – anyone working in a CQC-registered care home in England for residents requiring nursing or personal care must have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine unless they have a medical exemption. 

It will apply to all workers employed directly by the care home or care home provider (on a full-time or part-time basis), those employed by an agency and deployed by the care home, and volunteers deployed in the care home. 

Those coming into care homes to do other work, for example healthcare workers, tradespeople, hairdressers and beauticians, and CQC inspectors will also have to follow the new regulations, unless they have a medical exemption. 

The responses to the consultation made a case for extending this policy beyond care homes to other settings where people vulnerable to COVID-19 receive care, such as domiciliary care and wider healthcare settings. 

Based on this evidence, the government will launch a further public consultation in due course on whether or not to make COVID-19 and flu vaccination a condition of deployment in health and care settings. This is a complex issue and the government is looking for a wide range of perspectives from across the health and care sector about whether this should be introduced and how it could be implemented. 

Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock 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.

“Through our consultation we have listened to the experiences and concerns of providers and people living and working in care homes to help shape our approach. 

“We have a responsibility to do all we can to safeguard those receiving care including in the NHS and so will be consulting further on whether to extend to other health and social care workers.

“This is the right thing to do and a vitally important step to continue protecting care homes now and in the future. I’d urge anyone working in care homes to get their jab as soon as possible.”

There will be exceptions for visiting family and friends, under 18s, emergency services and people undertaking urgent maintenance work.  

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How to get the vaccine in Sutton

Care staff, yet to receive their first or second dose, are urged to book their appointments now. High uptake of the vaccine increases protection for themselves, their colleagues and those they care for, and helps limit the spread of COVID-19 variants in the wider population. All eligible frontline care workers who have not already had their COVID-19 vaccine can book vaccinations online through the National Booking Service, or by contacting their GP. 

Alternatively please visit the Walk in Vaccine Centre (Health & Social Care Staff ONLY) at the St Nicholas Shopping Centre. If you are a front-line health or care worker you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, but haven’t got around to booking your appointment, come along to the St Nicholas Shopping Centre, you do not need an appointment. Please bring proof of employment like your work ID badge and a letter from your employer to confirm your eligibility as a front-line health or care worker. 

Front-line health and social care staff can also use the National Booking Service to book a specific appointment at a wide range of vaccine centres.

The full list of South West London vaccination centres is available online and can be found by visiting – swlondonccg.nhs.uk/covid/where-can-you-get-vaccinated/

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