New vaccination rules for care workers and how sector will be impacted explained

Roughly 50 million adults and teenagers have had at least one dose of the Covid vaccine in the UK.

Booster shots are also increasing among frontline staff, over-50s and anyone who is clinically vulnerable.

But the government have now said that they want to make vaccination essential for anyone who works in social care.

Some people are upset at the news that vaccines will become compulsory for care workers.

The announcement making vaccinations mandatory for NHS staff follows the previous rule which required all care home workers in England to be double jabbed or risk losing their jobs.

Louise Akester, 36, who has worked in the care home sector for 14 years described the situation as "unfair."

She told Hull Live: "We should have freedom of choice. The only choice I've been left with is either having the vaccine against your freedom of choice, or lose your job."

Akester and many other care workers have been forced to leave their jobs for refuse to get to vaccinated, with one healthcare assistant in Stockport saying felt "worthless" after being dismissed from her job.

What are the new government rules for unvaccinated care workers?

All adult care home staff and volunteers must be fully vaccinated under the new government rules starting on April 1, 2022.

This means that unless medically exempt, all staff who are not unvaccinated or partially vaccinated can no longer be legally employed at any CQC regulated care homes.

Care homes will also need to include the vaccination requirement in their recruitment policies and job adverts.

Despite the rule, more than 100,000 care home workers still remain unvaccinated with only five months to go before the mandate's deadline.

This could lead to ' a catastrophe' in the sector according to experts, because if too many workers refuse to get jabbed, people in need of care could be left without it.

Can unvaccinated care workers be sacked for refusing the vaccination on any grounds?

While care home staff who are medically exempt can refuse to take the vaccine, they need to self-certify this by 24 December 2021.

Similarly the Government is allowing pregnant workers to choose to delay their vaccination until 16 weeks after the birth of their child, though the vaccine has been declared safe for pregnant people.

In all other circumstances, the new mandate imposes compulsory vaccination on the staff in care homes and other high-risk sectors, meaning anyone in these sectors who refuses the jab can be sacked.

But there is no legal requirement in other sectors beside health and social care.

So if any employer has a blanket policy requiring all staff to be vaccinated, it can be considered unlawful.

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