Initial Letter to Care Home Staff about Compulsory COVID Vaccinations
Regulations revoking vaccination as a condition of deployment came into force on 15 March 2022. People working or volunteering in care homes are no longer required to have received a COVID-19 vaccine to enter the premises.
This Initial Letter to Health and Social Care Staff about Compulsory COVID Vaccinations should be used to inform health and social care staff about the forthcoming legal requirement for them to have both COVID-19 vaccinations in order to continue to work face-to-face with service users or patients as part of a Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated activity.
The letter advises employees of the requirement to have had two vaccinations by 1 April 2022 and warns employees that they may be redeployed or even dismissed if they have not had both jabs by then, unless medically exempt. The letter explains the acceptable grounds for a valid medical exemption.
The letter advises that, in order to be fully vaccinated by 31 March 2022, individuals will need to have their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 3 February 2022.
The letter encourages employees to have the COVID jab and advises employees how to provide evidence of vaccination.