COVID-19 regulations

Vulnerable adults set to receive booster vaccinations in autumn

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (“JCVI”) has advised at-risk groups that they should receive a booster Covid vaccine dose in autumn 2022. In addition, JVCI has said the jabs should be offered to over-65s, health and care staff, and clinically vulnerable adults aged 16-64. The purpose of this booster is to crucially top …

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Patients in waiting rooms in England are no longer required to socially distance

On 14 April 2022, the Government introduced new ‘stepping down’ rules which apply to NHS hospitals, GP surgeries and emergency departments. As part of these rules, in England, there is no longer a requirement for patients to socially distance in waiting rooms. This is demonstrative of the Government’s ‘Living with COVID-19’ approach that they are …

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CQC reminds providers of UK Governments latest infection control and guidance

In their email update to ‘providers and professionals in adult social care’ on 14 April 2022, the CQC has reminded providers of the UK Government’s latest infection control and guidance policies (“Updated Guidance”). The Updated Guidance came into effect on 4 April 2022. This provides information regarding COVID-19 testing, Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”), and what …

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Government denies mandatory vaccine ruling penalised social care staff

A Government Minister has publicly challenged the suggestion that the decision to make vaccines mandatory for the social care workers penalised any factions of the health and social care sector. Speaking at the Future of Care Conference held on 29 March 2022, the Minister of State for Care and Mental Health, Gillian Keegan said: “It …

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The DHSC has published updated guidance on visiting care homes

On 22 March 2022, the Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) amended its guidance on visiting care homes in England. The guidance titled ‘Guidance on care home visiting’ applies to all residential care homes and replaces previous guidance. The latest guidance reduces the amount of time that care homes need to implement outbreak management …

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Booster Jab launches for over 75’s amidst rising COVID-19 cases

The COVID-19 vaccination programme has provided a critical defence against severe infection. However, immunity protection levels decline over time. This is why Wales and Scotland has launched a spring booster programme which is currently being rolled out, with England now joining them. This aims to bolster protection levels as many of the oldest recipients received …

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Update: Designated settings scheme for people discharged to a care home

On the 7th February 2022 the Department of Health and Social Care published an update to their guidance on people being discharged from hospital to a care home with a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test. The current requirement is for hospitals to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on all people discharged into a care home in …

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