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Newsflash: Staff in care homes required to be vaccinated against COVID-19

Employment / 17 June 2021

The Government announced yesterday that, from October 2021, new legislation will require those working in care homes to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The new law will apply to all workers employed directly by care homes or care home providers, those employed by an agency and deployed by the care home, and volunteers deployed in the care home.

Individuals who come into care homes to do other work, for example, healthcare workers or tradespeople, will also have to comply unless they have a medical exemption.

The Government will consult further in due course on whether to make COVID-19 and flu vaccination a condition of deployment in other health and care settings.

For employers outside of the health and care sector, this news is likely to bring the “no jab, no job” issue back into sharp focus.  Our previous article here covers the key issues arising from this complex area.

Our Employment team has significant experience in advising on this issue – please get in touch if you need assistance.


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