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Royal College of Nursing weighs into mandatory COVID vaccination row

The Royal College of Nursing has advised employers to make COVID vaccination for staff as “easy as possible”, taking time to discuss concerns, rather than make vaccination mandatory.

In a statement ahead of its consultation response, the RCN says: “It is counter-intuitive to introduce a policy which could affect recruitment and retention in a sector which is already chronically short-staffed.”

The RCN believes all health and social care staff should have the COVID-19 vaccination to help protect themselves, their patients and their friends and family. However, it does not support compulsory vaccination.

RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Dame Donna Kinnair said: “It’s essential that staff have the opportunity to fully understand and have autonomy over what goes into their bodies.”

The RCN will be providing an organisational response but members working in care homes are also encouraged to respond directly. A final decision is expected this summer.  

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