Do you work in a Care setting governed by the CQC (Care Quality Commission)? Do you know about the new legislation coming into play on 11th November 2021?
After consultation, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have amended the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 so that, from 11 November 2021, all care home workers and other visiting professionals will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have an exemption or there is an emergency.
Registered persons (Managers and service providers) will need to ensure that they do not allow anyone entry into a care home unless they have had a complete course of an authorised vaccine or fall into one of the groups exempt from being vaccinated.
Detailed information about how you can prepare for and meet this change in the Regulations can be found in the DHSC operational guidance.
The CQC will seek assurance from new providers, and from existing providers varying their conditions of registration, to ensure that they have a robust governance process to:
- Monitor vaccination and COVID-19 status of staff
- Ensure staff maintain an up-to-date vaccination status (by providing guidance and assistance for staff to get vaccinated)
- Monitor vaccination and COVID-19 status of anyone entering your care home setting and where applicable, make reasonable adjustments to ensure people using the service receive safe care and treatment.
Furthermore, for the private sector, a survey of 400 HR directors commissioned by Indeed Flex has suggested that 70% of employers will require staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Nearly 6,000 job posting on Indeed now list vaccination as a requirement and almost 10,000 explicitly mention the Covid vaccine.
Do you need help with a Mandatory Vaccination Policy? Contact us to find out more and to discuss the exemptions.