The Department of Health and Social Care has launched a consultation on proposals to make COVID vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homes. 

The DHSC consultation is seeking feedback on government proposal to amend the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.  This would mean older adult care home providers could only use those staff who have received the COVID-19 vaccination (or those with a legitimate medical exemption) in line with government guidance. 

The proposals include “health professionals who visit the care home regularly and provide close personal care to people living in the care home” such as nurses, doctors and therapists. 

Experts on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies’ social care working group advised that 80% of staff and 90% of residents would need to be vaccinated to provide a minimum level of protection against outbreaks of covid-19, but only 53% of older adult care homes in England currently met this threshold. 

BMA’s surveys have shown that nearly all doctors (98% of those surveyed in March) had had at least one vaccine and that 85% had had two doses.

GPs have “duty” to be vaccinated

In March we reported that General Medical Council said GPs have a professional duty to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and individual refusals could be investigated.

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