Legislation was passed by the UK Parliament on 6th January 2022 meaning that all staff who work in health and social care settings regulated by the Care Quality Commission will have to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by 1 April 2022. Fully vaccinated means having had two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The new rules apply to staff across secondary and primary care services in both the public and independent sectors. Staff with some officially approved exemptions may continue to be deployed without being vaccinated.

We are aware that it is a live issue and we will be continuing to update the page as more guidance is made available.

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Timetable for implementation

  • 3 February 2022: last day to get the first vaccine dose
  • 31 March 2022: last day to get the second vaccine dose

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Listen to why Sabrina decided to get the Covid 19 vaccine.

Just like many of use, Sabrina had reasons for being hesitant about taking the vaccine. Listen to her reasons and how she came to the decision of taking the vaccine.

"I've taken the vaccine to protect myself but also to protect our vulnerable patients."


Further information

The regulations apply to all health and care staff who have face-to-face patient and/or service user contact, and are deployed as part of CQC regulated activity. This also applies to:

  • agency workers
  • volunteers
  • locums
  • students
  • trainees
  • contracted staff deployed for the provision of a regulated activity

Providers will be contacting staff who maybe within the scope of the regulations to offer support and explain next steps.

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You may be exempt from taking the COVID-19 vaccine if you:

  • are under 18 years old
  • are officially clinically exempt
  • have a short-term medical condition
  • taken part or is currently taking part in a clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine

 

I’m pregnant. Am I exempt from taking the vaccine?

Pregnancy falls under the exemption of a short-term medical condition. However, the exemption expires 16 weeks after childbirth.

Further details are available on the Gov.UK website. If you are still unsure of whether you are exempt or not, please seek advice from your employer and Trust intranet pages for further information.

Concerns about the vaccine can be varied, whether in relation to possible side effects, in response to social media posts or other understandable concerns and worries

Millions of people across the UK and the world have now received the Covid-19 vaccination. In doing so they have helped protect themselves, their families and others.   

Further information in different languages about the vaccine and details of how to book or visit a walk-in clinic can be found on the South East London Clinical Commission Group (SEL CCG) website and the SEL vaccination website respectively.

Below are some useful resources to check your knowledge on the vaccines:

Pregnancy falls under the exemption of a short-term medical condition. However, the exemption expires 16 weeks after childbirth.

Below are useful information on vaccinations, pregnancy and fertility:

Health and care providers are working together with staff across south east London in implementing the regulations in line with clear and transparent processes and in line with local guidance. The initial guidance for the first phase of implementation is also available on the NHS website.

Click here for guidance on discussing the covid vaccine with your staff.

Check out our Resources for Leaders page for resources on how to have wellbeing conversations with your team.

The fear of needles is very common and is something that can be managed with help.

Below are some resources with quick tips and techniques:


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