Employers should support staff in getting the COVID-19 vaccine once it’s offered to them.

From 11 November, people working or volunteering in certain Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care homes in England must be vaccinated by law, unless exempt. 

There’s currently no other law that says people must have the vaccine, even if an employer would prefer someone to have it. There may be some people who are advised not to have the vaccine, for example for health reasons.

There’s a chance someone might still get or spread COVID-19 if they’ve had the vaccine. Even once people are vaccinated they must still follow guidelines for:

See government vaccine advice:

Vaccination for care home staff in England

From 11 November, anyone who works indoors in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care home must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they’re exempt. This only applies to CQC registered care homes that provide accommodation for people needing nursing or personal care.

This will apply to most people who enter the care home for work, including:

  • staff
  • agency workers
  • contractors or self-employed people hired to carry out work in a care home, for example tradespeople, occupational therapists or hairdressers
  • volunteers

The person responsible for checking who can enter the care home is the care home’s ‘registered person’. This is the person registered with the CQC as the care home’s manager or service provider.

The following people are exempt:

  • anyone with a medical exemption
  • current care home residents and service users
  • friends and family of a current resident
  • workers who do not enter the care home, for example a gardener
  • someone providing emergency assistance or urgent maintenance
  • members of the emergency services who need to enter the care home to carry out their job
  • anyone visiting a dying resident
  • anyone giving bereavement support to a resident after the death of a relative or friend
  • anyone under 18

Supporting staff to get the vaccine

Employers may find it useful to talk with their staff about the vaccine and share the benefits of being vaccinated.

It could help to discuss things like:

  • the government’s latest vaccine health information
  • when staff might be offered the vaccine
  • if staff will need time off work to get vaccinated
  • pay for time off work related to the vaccine
  • whether the employer plans to collect data on staff vaccinations, and if so, how this will follow data protection law (UK GDPR)
  • whether anyone needs to be vaccinated to be able to do their job

To encourage staff to get the vaccine, employers might consider:

  • paid time off for vaccination appointments
  • paying staff their usual rate of pay if they’re off sick with vaccine side effects, instead of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
  • not counting vaccine-related absences in absence records or towards any ‘trigger’ system the organisation may have

Talking with staff can help:

  • agree a vaccine policy that’s appropriate for both staff and the organisation
  • support staff to protect their health
  • keep good working relationships
  • avoid disputes in the future

If someone does not want the vaccine

If someone does not want to be vaccinated, the employer should listen to their concerns.

Some people may have health reasons, for example they could get an allergic reaction to the vaccine.

Employers should be sensitive towards personal situations and must keep any concerns confidential. They must be careful to avoid discrimination.

If someone is concerned about their health and the vaccine, they should talk to their doctor.

If an employer feels staff should be vaccinated

It’s best to support staff to get the vaccine without forcing them to.

If an employer feels it’s important for staff to be vaccinated, they should talk together with staff or the organisation’s recognised trade union to discuss what steps to take.

Any decision after that discussion should be put in writing, for example in a workplace policy. It must also be in line with the organisation’s existing disciplinary and grievance policy.

It’s a good idea for the employer to get legal advice before bringing in a vaccine policy.

Resolving an issue about getting the vaccine

If an employee or employer feels there’s an issue, it’s best to try and resolve it informally.

An employee or worker can raise an issue by talking with their:

  • employer
  • trade union representative, if they’re a member of a trade union
  • health and safety representative, if they have one
  • employee representatives

If it cannot be resolved informally:


Coronavirus Update:- 


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Even though most of the restrictions have now been lifted, as  Coronavirus is something we will all be living with for the foreseeable future, please see below for the latest relevant Government guidance and a link to the relevant parts of the UK Government website (as the Government guidance is continually changing, we recommend that you regularly check the Government website yourself, for any updates):-



Advice on working in people’s homes as a Housekeeper or Nanny during Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) – Guidance – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

If you are carrying out work in a home such as cleaning or paid-for childcare in a child’s home, you can continue to work, providing that you are well and have no symptoms. No work should be carried out by a housekeeper or nanny who has any of the Coronavirus symptoms, however mild, or if someone in their own household has any symptoms.

We recommend that the following basic rules are adhered to, as it is good practice:-

During a visit:-

  1. On entry to the home you should wash your hands using soap and water for 20 seconds.


       2. You should wash your hands regularly, particularly after blowing your nose, sneezing or

           coughing, and when leaving the property.


      3.  Where facilities to wash hands are not available, hand sanitiser should be used, and you

           should carry this with you at all times.


     4.  You should maintain a safe distance from any household occupants, where possible and

          ensure good ventilation in the area where you are working, including opening windows.





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