The warning comes ahead of the 11 November deadline for care workers in England.
Care homes in England who are refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19 should “get out and get another job”, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said.
Mr Javid’s warning comes ahead of the 11 November deadline for care workers in England to have had both the COVID-19 vaccines.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “If you work in a care home you are working with some of the most vulnerable people in our country, and if you cannot be bothered to go and get vaccinated then get out and go and get another job.”
Mr Javid also said he would not consider extending the deadline and stressed the importance of the vaccine to protect both staff and patients.
“If you want to look after them, if you want to cook for them, if you want to feed them, if you want to put them to bed, then you should get vaccinated. If you are not going to get vaccinated then why are you working in care?” he added.
40,000 workers could quit.
Health unions have been critical of the forced vaccine policy and the National Care Association has warned that up to 40,000 care staff could be forced to quit their jobs.
UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea previously commented; “Vaccination remains the way out of the pandemic. But coercing and bullying people can never be the right approach.
“Ministers have been told repeatedly that using force instead of persuasion will fail. But they’ve not listened and now their ill-considered policy is backfiring.
“The government is sleepwalking into this disaster by not acting. Care is already a broken and underfunded sector that cannot afford to lose any more staff.
“The government must scrap the ‘no jab, no job’ rule now. Widespread care home closures could be the consequence if they ignore the warnings. This would be disastrous for elderly people and those who cannot live without care support.”
The Government is currently looking at rolling out the same rules to NHS workers.