The Covid-19 vaccine will no longer be a condition of deployment in health or social care settings.
The Government has made a spectacular u-turn over mandatory vaccinations for health and social care workers in England.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that mandated vaccines for NHS staff will not go ahead and a consultation will be held about scrapping the policy across social care.
It comes after NHS trusts in England warned the move would have a devastating on safe staffing levels.
Speaking in the Commons yesterday, Mr. Javid said; “While vaccination remains our very best line of defence against COVID-19, I believe it is no longer proportionate to require vaccination as a condition of deployment through statute.”
“So, Madam Deputy Speaker, today I am announcing that we will launch a consultation on ending vaccination as a condition of deployment in health and all social care settings.
Too little, too late.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said that it is too little, too late for those in social care after figures suggest between 50,000 and 60,000 social care workers were dismissed from their roles last year.
Patricia Marquis, RCN Director of England, said: “This climbdown by government has come too late for those social care staff who have already lost their jobs.
“To risk thousands more nursing staff being sacked in the middle of a staffing crisis was never in the interests of patients’ safety.
“Vaccination is hugely important but this was the wrong policy, especially as it added to the current pressure on NHS and care services. Staff are being spread thinner and thinner and struggling to care for their patients safely.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and the RCN encourages everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”