Coronavirus (COVID-19)—guidance published on required vaccination of care homes workers

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—guidance published on required vaccination of care homes workers

The Department of Health and Social Care has published its guidance regarding the required vaccination status of anyone working or volunteering in a care home to protect residents from coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance is aimed at service providers, registered persons, local authorities, workers, professionals and tradespeople entering care homes, and residents of care homes regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that provide accommodation for those requiring nursing. All the mentioned groups must be fully vaccinated by 11 November 2021, unless exempt under regulations. This means the grace period begins on 22 July 2021 and the last date for workers to get their first dose is 16 September 2021.

The guidance supports the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021, which require those in CQC registered care homes to ensure only fully vaccinated persons enter the premises.

The CQC will seek assurance from new and existing providers that they have a governance process to monitor vaccination and status of staff, ensure staff maintain an up to date vaccination status, monitor the vaccination status of all those entering care homes, and make reasonable adjustments where necessary. The CQC may follow up any matters for concern via an on-site inspection, where it will look for evidence of compliance with the new requirements. If there is a breach of the regulations, the CQC will decide what action to take based on proportionality in line with its enforcement policy.

The guidance can be read here.

Sources:

• Vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes: operational guidance

• Statement on COVID-19 vaccination of people working/deployed in care homes: the role of the Care Quality Commission

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