A message from Managing Director, Martin Lyne

Dear colleague,

You’ll have heard or seen news about the new legislation that came into effect on the 11th of November 2021 that made it compulsory for colleagues working in or entering Care Quality Commission (CQC) Registered care homes in England to have received the Covid 19 vaccination or prove medical exemption. What you may not have seen is that the government consulted on whether to extend the mandate to all frontline NHS staff and those working in social care and that, on the 9th of November 2021, they announced that the mandate would indeed be extended to colleagues working in health and wider social care settings in England from April 2022.

The vast majority of us in TLC have already had the vaccine, but for those who have not got round to it, or have reservations about having it, we have worked with colleagues in Envivo to bring together in one place the widest range of information and access to resources to help address concerns or practical issues in relation to getting ‘the jab’.

This microsite is designed - first and foremost - to provide facts, guidance and unambiguous advice. We will refresh the information frequently to ensure it’s kept bang up to date with the latest developments in respect of the vaccine and the implementation of the new legislation. It also is a confidential place where you can send in your own questions, feedback on the site or views using the contact form, so please take advantage of this as you feel it helpful.

Thank you all, as ever, for your continued commitment to those we are trusted to support.

Best wishes

Martin

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.