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Agency staff most affected by COVID vaccination rules

Agency staff are most likely not to have completed COVID vaccination,  according to data by the Nuffield Trust.

By late October, around 63,000 care home staff – or around 11 per cent of the care staff population – had not had their two COVID jabs, says the think-tank.

Government projections put the failure rate at between 3 and 13 per cent of the workforce.

Almost two in five agency staff working in care homes are said to have fallen foul of fulfilling COVID vaccination obligations (39 per cent), compared to their directly employed counterparts (10 per cent).

Paid time off or decent level of sick pay should they experience side effects from the vaccine, or from juggling shifts with other responsibilities are cited as factors affecting this group of workers, who account for around one in 20 of the care home workforce.

Estimates suggest that around 11,000 staff deployed in older adult care homes and 4,000 in younger adult care homes may have left the sector between April and October this year, due to the mandatory vaccination policy.  

With the recent announcement that all front-line health and social care staff will be required to follow suit in April, policy-makers and providers will need look to minimise the negative unintended consequences of compulsory vaccines, says Nuffield.


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