Vanessa Latham, partner and employment law expert at BLM, discusses the rules on vaccination and visitation for care providers.
As we experience continued restrictions as the government attempts to control the spread of Covid-19, the roll-out of the vaccine programme gives us all hope for the future. However, the availability of the vaccine gives rise to a new set of challenges for care settings in relation to staff and family visits.
Can and should care homes prevent staff from working or family for visiting if they refuse to have the vaccine? Could care homes make it a requirement for a person to be vaccinated before entering a care home?
One of the first arguments that will no doubt be raised is that, if all the residents and most of the staff have been vaccinated, what is the harm? We know that the vaccines are not 100 per cent effective and there is still increased uncertainty at the time of publication of this article around the decision to delay the second dose.
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