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Just 23 carers refuse double jab at staffing provider

With the “no jab, no job” deadline less than 48 hours away, one care specialist Fairway Homecare has revealed that just 23 carers on their books have decided not to have the jabs, which proportionally, is a relatively low number.

Fairway Homecare has mitigated the potential crisis by ensuring that through its partner, Embark Care Academy, it recruits and trains new carers to the industry who have been double jabbed, so that the health and social care sector does not buckle under the demand.

Operations Director, Alex O’Neill, commented: “It is already essential compliance criteria that all NHS staff who are directly involved in patient care show proof of the vaccinations they’ve had in the past, including tetanus, HEP B, diphtheria, polio and MMR, so in our view, the COVID vaccine is just another one to add to the list.

“When the Government announced this new law, we had to act quickly to ensure that people who relied on our carers would not be negatively impacted. We did this by contacting all of the carers we employ, discussing the new law with them and finding out whether they were willing to have the vaccine. Education and positive messaging were essential.

“While the overwhelming response we had was positive, we still had to replace those who didn’t feel comfortable with this new law. We naturally couldn’t force any of our employees to take the vaccine, but we did want to talk to them about this law so they were aware, had all of the facts and could make a decision based on all of the information.

“This did mean however, that we had to undertake a recruitment drive, which is still ongoing, to make sure we have enough carers available to replace those we’ve lost and keep up with the needs of our customers.”

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