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Mandatory vaccination law passed – what now?

Matthew Wort, partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors, explains what care homes need to do to ensure staff and auxiliary workers in English care homes meet the government’s ‘no jab, no job’ regulations.

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.

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