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Skills for Care is committed to offering resources to help employers fully engage with their teams, including guidance on wellbeing and information on vaccines. 

Update: The Secretary of State’s announcement on 31 January 2022 that a consultation will be launched on ending Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment.  The consultation was open until 16 February 2022.

Skills for Care will update this page when more clarity emerges regarding the implications of this decision.

The government have announced new regulations making vaccination a condition of deployment for any individual working in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated services in England, subject to certain exemptions.

The new laws have applied to care homes since 11 November 2021 and will currently extend to other CQC regulated services from 01 April 2022.

DHSC operational guidance

The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has produced operational guidance for CQC regulated providers:

  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes: operational guidance – this Operational Guidance is aimed at CQC regulated care homes only.
  2. Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination as a condition of deployment for the delivery of CQC-regulated activities in wider adult social care settings – this is aimed at other CQC regulated environments, excluding care homes.

Medical exemptions

Some staff may be currently exempt from vaccination, including individuals:

  • Receiving end of life care where vaccination is not in the individual’s interests.
  • With learning disabilities or autistic individuals, or with a combination of impairments which result in the same distress, who find vaccination and testing distressing because of their condition and cannot be achieved through reasonable adjustments such as provision of an accessible environment.
  • With medical contraindications to the vaccines such as severe allergy to all COVID-19 vaccines or their constituents.
  • Who have had adverse reactions to the first dose (e.g. myocarditis).

Time-limited exemptions are also available for those with short-term medical conditions or who are pregnant, should they choose to take it.

The government has provided guidance on how to apply for and receive your COVID Pass medical exemption.  See the letter on formal exemptions process detailing clinically reviewed medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination of people deployed in care homes

 

Free e-learning  

The University of Nottingham has developed an online learning resource designed to raise awareness about the COVID-19 vaccine and support healthcare professionals and healthcare students with promoting the vaccine to others. This is an open access, free, online resource that can help employers discuss issues and concerns with their staff.

Access the e-learning

 

Case Studies

 

 

Resources for employers and local authorities

DHSC have shared a range of resources, including a timeline graphic for use on social media and a stakeholder question and answer document.

Access Google Drive

 

Letting people know

See some example letters that have been used to communicate the change. 

 

ACAS

Acas is an independent public body that receives funding from the government. They provide free impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives on, employment rights, best practice and policies, and resolving workplace conflict. They can provide tailored support and practical solutions to address challenges in your organisation.

Visit the Acas website