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Compulsory Covid-19 Vaccination of Care Home Employees: What does it mean for staff, care home employers and the protection of the vulnerable?
An amendment to the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 was approved by Parliament on 22 July 2021 and means staff working in care homes registered with the Care Quality Commission for residents requiring nursing or personal care must be fully vaccinated with both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination, unless they have a medical exemption. The new legislation is due to come into force on 11 November 2021 and has been delayed to give the care home sector time to comply with the new regulations.
Client Alerts 05/01/2021
The development of a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus has been a welcome one for most of us. It promises a return to some semblance of normality after a difficult year. The government have indicated their intent to roll out a mass vaccination programme, with the most vulnerable in our society being one of the earliest groups targeted.
Just as the continuing Covid crisis in care homes has gained more prominence in the media, insurers have similarly started to receive an increasing number of Covid related notifications and claims.
There is no doubt we are entering unchartered waters with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Government guidance is constantly being reviewed and updated. As a consequence Nursing and Care Homes (“Registered Providers”) need to be up-to-date with and must always follow the Government/World Health Organisation (WHO) guidance to ensure the safety of their residents, visitors and employees alike.
News And Events 23/05/2018
The Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) has launched a new regulatory sector focus team that will concentrate on health and safety compliance and the defence of Health and Safety Executive prosecutions.
Since the commencement of the Corporate Homicide and Corporate Manslaughter Act in 2007 there have been less than 20 convictions for the offence of corporate manslaughter but of these, only one prosecution has arisen in relation to the operation of a care home.