Mandatory Vaccinations for staff working in care homes and outside professions entering care homes
The Government recently passed and published its legislation around making vaccinations mandatory in the care home sector.
The legislation will come into force on Thursday 11 November 2021. This will mean that anyone working in a CQC-registered care home in England for residents requiring nursing or personal care will have to have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine unless they’ve a medical exemption.
Manchester Local Care Organisation is supporting homes in the city to ensure they are compliant with the legislation.
Other professions who regularly visit care homes
The legislation also states that those coming into care homes to do other work, for example healthcare workers, social workers, tradespeople, hairdressers and beauticians will also have to follow the new regulations.
If you are self-employed or have a business that works with care homes and it means you/your employees enter care homes, you need to make sure that you/your employees meet the legislation.
To do this, two doses of vaccine are required by 11 November 2021 unless you can provide proof of a medical exemption. This means that if staff currently have not had either dose, they will need to have had their first dose by 16 September 2021 in order to be able to have their second dose by 11 November 2021 (given the eight week gap between first dose and second dose). Staff who do not meet these requirements will not be able to enter care homes after this date (except in some emergency situations as outlined in the legislation).
Visitors to homes are not required to show proof of vaccination status
Friends and family (who also may be unpaid carers) will not need to show proof of vaccination or medical exemption. However, we do encourage everyone to take up their COVID vaccination to help protect residents in homes in Manchester.
You can read the full Government guidance on this legislation on gov.uk.