On 22 July, the regulations for vaccination as a condition of deployment in care homes in England were signed by care minister Helen Whately.
There is a 16-week grace period, which means care homes have until 11 November to get ready.
As a result, all care homes now need to urgently implement appropriate systems to comply with the new regulations.
There are still a number of areas where guidance is awaited, however, there are key things that need to be done as soon as possible, including:
1. Notifying all staff of the regulations being passed and the requirement for anyone who has to attend a care home during the course of their duties to produce evidence of vaccination or a clinical exemption - ideally providing them with your policy on vaccination.
2. Develop a system for obtaining and storing evidence of vaccination or clinical exemption. Acceptable evidence of vaccination is likely to be the same as that used for foreign travel.