A message from Group Managing Director, Brendan Kelly

Dear colleague,

As you are aware new legislation came into effect on the 11th of November 2021 making it compulsory for our colleagues working in Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care homes in England to have received the Covid 19 vaccination or prove medical exemption. The government consulted on whether to extend the mandate to all frontline NHS staff and those working in social care and, on the 9th of November 2021, announced that the mandate would indeed be extended to colleagues working in health and wider social care settings in England from April 2022. We are mindful that colleagues have reservations about taking the vaccine. With that in mind, we have been working with our colleagues at Envivo to create a wide range of resources and information to address those concerns.

We have launched this website to provide all the facts, advice, information and guidance you require. The site will be updated with any new developments surrounding the vaccine, ensuring that you can keep up to date with all the latest information.

Thank you for your amazing work on the frontline,

Best wishes

Brendan

Vaccine as a condition of Deployment

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 (‘the Regulations’).

The above were laid in Parliament on 22nd June 2021 and made on 22nd July 2021.

This means they now apply to Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care homes – that is the provision of accommodation together with nursing or personal care.

The regulations require registered persons of all Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care homes (which provide accommodation together with nursing or personal care) to ensure that a person does not enter the indoor premises unless they have been fully vaccinated. There are some exemptions to this, but only for medical reasons.

From the 9th September to the 22nd October 2021 the government conducted a public consultation in respect of extending the mandate to include all frontline NHS staff and those working in social care. On the 9th of November 2021 Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, announced that the mandate would indeed be extended to colleagues working in health and wider social care settings in England from April 2022. This means that colleagues in supported living will also now need to have been vaccinated (both doses) or provide evidence of medical exemption from April 2022 as a condition of employment.

Key Facts

  • From 11 November 2021, you will only be able to continue to work inside a CQC-registered care home if you are fully vaccinated, unless you are under the age of 18 or medically exempt.
  • You will need to have received your first vaccine dose by no later than 16 September 2021 to ensure that you are fully vaccinated by the time the regulations come into effect (11 November 2021).
  • The vaccine will make you better protected from severe illness and death as a result of COVID-19.
  • There is no guarantee that the vaccine will prevent you from passing on a COVID-19 infection, but evidence suggests that the vaccine makes the spread of infection much less likely.
  • Analysis carried out by Public Health England (PHE) suggests the vaccination programme, as of 15 July 2021, has prevented between 11 and 12.5 million infections and between 35,200 and 38,600 deaths since the start of the vaccination programme.
  • You can book online through the national booking service or call 119. You can also visit one of hundreds of walk-in centres across the country without the need to book in advance. Find your nearest centre.