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Mandatory workforce vaccination: Choosing the right approach for your organisation

Author: Darren Newman

Darren Newman


On 31 January 2022, the Government announced that it is changing its approach to mandatory vaccination in health and social care and plans to remove the requirement for staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to be deployed (vaccination as a condition of deployment - VCOD). The removal of the requirement is subject to public consultation and parliamentary approval. See Revoking vaccination as a condition of deployment across all health and social care and Update: Vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) for all healthcare workers for more information.

To what extent, if any, can an employer insist on knowing whether employees have been given their full course of COVID-19 vaccines? Even more importantly, can an employer make vaccination a requirement for continued employment? And is it fair to dismiss the vaccine hesitant? These are all issues that employers will have to grapple with in 2022, explains consultant editor Darren Newman.