Since the government announced its plans to introduce compulsory vaccination for anyone (unless exempt) entering a care home setting in June, the industry has been waiting for further details on how these rules will operate on a practical level. On 4 August, the government released their operational guidance for care business owners, covering:
Our HR & Employment Law experts have outlined the key information in the government’s 49-page operational guidance so you can start to get to grips with what impact this key legislation will have on your care business.
From 11 November 2021, all care home workers in England, and anyone entering a care home, will need to be fully vaccinated, unless they are exempt under the regulations.
This requirement forms part of the fundamental standards and will be monitored and enforced by CQC.
The rule only applies to people who go inside the care setting; therefore, anyone who is not entering the building doesn’t need to show their vaccination status. Although checks may be carried out by other members of staff acting under the instruction of the registered person, it remains the responsibility of the registered person.
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