02 Mar Covid-19 double jab regulations for Health & Social Care workers in England
Government changes Covid-19 double jab regulations for Health and Social Care workers in England
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that the regulations making Covid-19 vaccinations a condition of deployment in health and social care will be revoked on Tuesday 15 March. The lifting of these regulations and the easing of restrictions are part of the government’s aim to chart a course back to relative normality, as we all learn to live with Covid-19. This has been backed by public consultation on the topic where 90% of responses supported the removal of the legal requirement for health and social care staff to be double jabbed.
When the original decision to enforce the double vaccination of all health and social care employees was taken, Delta was the dominant variant in our communities. This has since been replaced by a much less severe variant, Omnicron meaning that the percentage of those requiring hospitalisation or emergency care was approximately half of that of the Delta variant.
This coupled with the successful rollout of the vaccination programme has meant the Department of Health is now in a position to change the regulations for care sector workers.
The government has explained in their recent statement on the matter that whilst the vast majority of NHS, social care and other healthcare employees have been double jabbed, with an estimated 1.2 million so far, with the population better protected and lower levels of hospitalisations and mortality, it was right to revisit the balance of risks and benefits that had guided the government’s original decisions to introduce vaccination as a condition of deployment in health and social care. The number of restrictions, rules and regulations are now being reduced – including this requirement.
The government has also stated that any workers within the health and social care sector have a professional responsibility to get vaccinated but are no longer be required by law.
- The legal requirement for health and social care staff to be double jabbed will be removed from 15 March.
- Regulations requiring COVID-19 vaccination to work in Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care homes to be lifted from 15 March
- Legal requirement for health and social care staff to be double jabbed from 1 April to be removed
The lifting of these regulations and the easing of restrictions as we learn to live with Covid-19 will help us to continue to chart a course back to normality and will hopefully ease some of the pressures around recruitment for the sector.
For more information on this regulation change, please visit the government website.
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