Care providers say the Government needs to work harder to persuade care staff on the benefits of having the COVID-19 vaccine, rather than compulsory vaccination.
The Government has said it is considering making a vaccine mandatory for people to be allowed to work in care and nursing homes. Speaking to the media today, health secretary Matt Hancock said care workers “had a duty of care” to their residents, but that legislative change was required to enact compulsory vaccination.
Lawyers have also discussed the implications of ‘no jab. no job’ policies in a recent Care Home Management podcast.
But the care provider organisation The Independent Care Group (ICG) says compulsory vaccination might put people off from joining the sector.
ICG chair Mike Padgham said: “We have to remember people’s human rights as we live in a free society. The Government has more work to do in terms of persuading everyone, not just care workers, about how important it is that the whole country has the vaccine.”.