Initial Letter to Care Home Staff about Compulsory COVID Vaccinations
This Initial Letter to Care Home Staff about Compulsory COVID Vaccinations should be used to inform care home staff about the forthcoming legal requirement for them to have both COVID-19 vaccinations in order to continue to work in a care home.
With effect from 11 November 2021, the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 are amended to require care home employers in England to use only staff who have been vaccinated in care homes, unless they have a medical exemption.
This requirement applies to care homes in England that:
• are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC); and
• provide accommodation for residents who require nursing or personal care.
The requirement to be vaccinated applies to all workers who enter a care home, including full-time and part-time employees, agency workers and volunteers.
There is no medical exemption from the vaccination on the grounds that an individual is trying to conceive, is pregnant or is breastfeeding. Similarly, there is no exemption on religious grounds.
The letter advises employees of the requirement to have had two vaccinations by 11 November 2021 and warns employees that they may be redeployed or even dismissed if they have not had both jabs by then. The letter encourages employees to have the jab and asks employees to provide evidence of vaccination.