Covid vaccine to become mandatory for care home staff in England

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The rule will also apply to anyone entering a care home such as healthcare professionals, CQC inspectors, tradespeople, hairdressers and beauticians

It will be compulsory for all staff working in care homes in England to have coronavirus vaccinations by November 11, according to new guidance.

Following the change in law, which applies to all people working in care homes registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) unless they are medically exempt, the Government has issued new guidance to help managers, reports Wales Online.

Along with care home staff, there will be a requirement for anyone visiting a care home to have had two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. That includes healthcare professionals, CQC inspectors, tradespeople, hairdressers and beauticians.

But friends and relatives of care home residents will be exempt from the regulations, as well as residents themselves, members of the emergency services and those offering bereavement support.

Under-18s will also be exempt from the policy but guidance states that once they turn 18 they will not be able to enter the care home until they have had both vaccine doses.

MPs approved the regulations last month and will come into force on November 11, with September 16 the last date for staff to get their first dose in order to be fully vaccinated by the time the measures come into force.

“We value the incredible work that people in care homes have done over the last 18 months to care for some of the people who are most at risk from Covid-19,” the guidance says.

“We want to ensure that care homes are as safe as possible for the staff working in them and the people they care for.

“We believe that the best way to do this is to ensure that everyone who can take up the offer of vaccination, does.”

 

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