Mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for health and social care staff introduced

Implementation date: 1 April 2022

The draft Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) (No.2) Regulations 2021 introduce a requirement for all frontline health and social care staff in England to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19). The requirement applies across the Care Quality Commission regulated health and social care sector.

Workers in scope are those who have face-to-face contact with people, including doctors, nurses, dentists, domiciliary care workers, porters and receptionists, unless they are exempt.

The Government's intention is that this requirement will become enforceable on 1 April 2022, subject to the passage of regulations through Parliament. There will be a 12-week grace period between the regulations being made and enforcement to allow those who have not yet been vaccinated to have both doses.

The decision to introduce the requirement is set out in the Government's response to its consultation on making vaccination a condition of deployment in the health and wider social care sector.

See How to prepare for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations in health and social care and Policy on mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations in health and social care for more information.