Following a public consultation, the Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed that it will be revoking the COVID-19 mandate for care home workers in England from 15 March 2022.

Vaccination as a condition of deployment was introduced for care home staff in October 2021 and was due to be extended to all patient-facing NHS and social care workers in April this year. However, widespread dissatisfaction within the health and social care sector has resulted in the government voiding the legislation, citing, "The intended benefits of the policy must be balanced against the existing and predicted impacts, including workforce capacity."

Despite the regulation change, some GRI clients wish to keep the vaccine mandate for temporary staff at this time to safeguard services; thus, if evidence of vaccination status is requested on e-tips® post 15 March, this is why. Those clients who have opted to remove COVID-19 vaccination as a mandatory compliance item from e-tips® are still recording vaccination status as an option on the system. 

If you have any questions, please email the GRI Corporate Services team at corporate@geometricresults.co.uk.

 

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