Covid vaccines

No Jab, No Job – Is it legal for Providers to Require Vaccination as a Condition of Employment?

Five care home workers alleged that they were unlawfully dismissed in 2021 because they refused to uptake the COVID-19 vaccine. However, a tribunal in Leeds found that dismissing the staff was lawful due to the danger that failure to get vaccinated would pose to the elderly and vulnerable residents in their places of work. Notably, …

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Care home residents and staff to get new Covid-19 jabs & GP-led vaccination teams to be paid as an incentive

Care home residents and staff are set to be among the first in the world to receive the new, variant-tackling jabs from Monday 12 September 2022. This is part of the NHS COVID-19 autumn vaccination programme. Furthermore, to encourage protection, GPs will be incentivised to deliver ‘accelerated’ COVID-19 autumn boosters, with payments up to a …

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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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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: Revoking of Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment

On 31 January 2022, the Government announced that it was looking to scrap vaccinations as a condition of deployment (VCOD) in health and all social care settings, with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care stating that “it is no longer proportionate to require Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment through statute.” This …

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