From 11th November 2021, it became law that anyone entering a care home must have had a complete course of an authorised Covid-19 vaccine meaning that care home staff would only be able to continue working if they were vaccinated, medically exempt or under the age of 18. You are able to show others your vaccination status via the NHS app (separate to the NHS Covid app), the NHS website or the NHS Covid Pass letter; your NHS appointment card cannot be used as proof of vaccination status.
More than 1.2 million social care workers in England have now taken up the vaccination. According to statistics from the 19th August 2021, in England (not including London) 87% of staff in younger adult care homes, 81% of domiciliary care staff and 75% of staff in other settings had received 1 dose of the vaccine. In London, 86% of staff in younger adult care, 73% of domiciliary care staff and 69% of staff in other settings have received 1 dose.
In December 2021, it was announced that the Government are considering making a further amendment to the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. In a similar way to the care home regulation (Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities)(Amendment)(Coronavirus) Regulations 2021), they would look to insert a requirement into the current 2014 Regulations following the risk of, prevention, detect and control the spread of infections. Under this approach, a requirement to be vaccinated would apply to all staff deployed to undertake direct personal care or treatment as a part of a CQC regulated activity. Although a deadline has not been announced as of yet, we hope everyone continues to follow guidance from the Government to keep safe from Covid-19.
If you have any queries in regards to the Covid-19 vaccination status, please call on 01983 533 993 or use our Contact Us page.