Covid vaccine made mandatory for frontline NHS staff – .

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Covid vaccine made mandatory for frontline NHS staff – .


NHS staff will need to have the Covid vaccine if they are to work in frontline roles, the government is to announce today.
According to the BBC, the rule will go into effect in the spring, allowing people to get their jabs before the deadline.

It comes as a deadline for care work to get the vaccine goes into effect on Thursday.

The decision comes after a consultation that also considered whether NHS staff should be required to get the flu shot.

The NHS says the ruling is flu shots won’t be mandatory, but Covid will.

It is understood that jabs will be mandatory by April.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said last month he “leans towards” making jabs mandatory for staff in England, with around 100,000 NHS workers not fully vaccinated.

He appeared to heed warnings from health officials to postpone the move until the spring as the NHS faces a difficult winter, according to reports.

The government launched a consultation in September to seek advice on plans for staff in health and care facilities in England to be required to have Covid-19 and flu vaccines to protect vulnerable people.

The move comes after NHS providers warned that any shortages of additional staff over the winter would put pressure on the already stretched healthcare system.

There are somewhere between 80,000 and 100,000 NHS workers in England who are not vaccinated against the coronavirus, said Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, who represents England’s NHS trusts.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that in addition to the risk of workers infecting colleagues, patients and visitors, there is also a risk to health services if large numbers of staff leave. following compulsory vaccination.

Mr Hopson said: ‘The other risk that we have to manage is the fact that there is also a risk to patient safety and the quality of care if the NHS finds itself due to this loss of a significant number of employees.

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“And that’s why we’ve made it very clear that we want the government to work closely with us to maximize the number of people who are voluntarily getting vaccinated before they hit the deadline, to think very carefully about the deadline.” as it is clear that we ‘We are about to enter what we believe to be the most difficult winter on record for the NHS. “

He said it was “probably a little less” than 100,000 employees who are not vaccinated “because these numbers are slightly old and we have worked very hard with NHS staff to make sure that they adopt the vaccine ”.

Mr Hopson added: “Happy to say somewhere between 80,000 and 100,000.”

Plans for mandatory injections for nursing home staff in England were announced in June, with November 11 being the deadline for workers to receive both doses of the vaccine.

Data, released last month by NHS England, suggests that around 11% of senior care home staff (around 51,000 employees) had not received two doses of the vaccine as of October 24.

This means that tens of thousands of employees could be made redundant this week.

According to the electronic personnel record, there are 1,452,256 healthcare workers employed by NHS trusts in England, with 1.2 million of those frontline workers.

And NHS England figures from October 28 show that 1,347,241 trusted NHS employees had received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine – leaving 105,015 staff completely unvaccinated.

The data also shows that nearly a quarter (24.8%) of staff working in young adult care homes and home care providers did not have both jabs – 119,916 staff members.

Three-quarters of staff working in other social care facilities, including unregistered providers and those employed by local authorities, have had their first jab.

But the figures show that only a third were reported to have been doubled as of October 24, suggesting that 384,174 staff in those settings were not fully vaccinated at this point.

Meanwhile, data from Public Health England shows flu vaccine uptake among healthcare workers in England was 76.8% last winter – an increase from 74.3% in 2019 / 20.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare said: “We have taken steps to introduce vaccination requirements in nursing homes and we have recently consulted to extend this further to health and other services. social services. No final decision has been taken and we will provide our response in due course.

“The vaccines are safe and effective and nearly four in five people in the UK have already received both vaccines to protect themselves against Covid-19.

“It’s never too late to accept the offer and we urge all who are eligible to come forward as we head into the winter months. “

Dr Peter English, retired communicable disease control consultant, said: “It may be that, as has turned out in New York City, when many will threaten to quit if they otherwise have to be vaccinated, very few actually will. ”

He added that imposing jabs risks causing the opposite of what is expected, with potentially fewer healthcare workers getting vaccinated.

Politics can also risk losing health care workers “at a time when we are already short of thousands of doctors, nurses and other health workers.”

“It could work. But I’m not sure it’s not a risky bet, ”added Dr English.

Dr Ben Kasstan, a medical anthropologist at the University of Bristol, added: “Pending official confirmation from the British government, this policy would be in line with the positions taken by the French and American governments.

“It has been suggested in The Guardian that the policy has been delayed until April 2022 over fears that health workers could organize an exodus during the winter, the busiest time of the year for health services.

“Covid-19 rates are rising in the UK as the flu season resumes, so it would be in the public health interest for everyone who can be vaccinated to get vaccinated.

“If vaccinations will not be mandatory before April 2022, it is time to understand why health professionals do not want to accept vaccinations against Covid-19, which could inform communication strategies. “

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