How to prepare for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations in health and social care
Author: Stephen Simpson
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- Be aware that Regulations have been made requiring health and social care staff in England who have direct, face-to-face contact with patients/service users to have a full course of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination to be deployed from 1 April 2022.
- Keep track of the timetable for implementation, in particular making a note of the last date for individuals to have had their first dose so that they can have their second dose in time for the new legal requirement.
- Understand which regulated activities are covered by the requirement to be vaccinated.
- Assess which individuals within your organisation are covered by the requirement to be vaccinated.
- Refer to NHS operational guidance on exemptions, so that your organisation can identify the individuals within the workforce who are exempt.
- Ramp up your organisation's communications to the workforce to encourage staff to be vaccinated and warn them that the new requirement is on the way.
- To encourage vaccine uptake, consider providing your organisation's workforce with additional paid leave for vaccination appointments.
- Collate information about the workforce's vaccination status, so that your organisation knows who has, and who has not, been vaccinated.
- Formulate plans to manage individuals who are not vaccinated by the implementation date, including redeploying or dismissing unvaccinated individuals who do not have an exemption.
- Plan any necessary changes to recruitment processes.