• CAHNE

Mandatory Vaccines in Social Care

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL EMPLOYEES

Following the Government’s steps to make COVID19 vaccination mandatory for all working within the care sector, we would like to inform you that care at home are in full agreement with the proposals. Though these proposals are not set to become law until 1st April 2022, we are currently in a 16week grace period which commences today 6th January 2022. Therefore, we need to ensure that we are all prepared for this new legislation. Accordingly, we will as from today be taking the following positive action steps in readiness for this new legislation.


The new legislation means from 1st April 2022 anyone working in a CQC-registered care provision in England for individuals requiring personal care must have received 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine unless they have a medical exemption.


It will apply to all workers employed directly by care at home and to all frontline health and social care workers whether on a full-time or part-time basis, those employed by an agency and deployed by care at home, and volunteers deployed by care at home.


New Employees

We will not actively recruit anyone who does not show proof of having received both vaccinations or proof of exemption status. This will be part of our standard recruitment process whereby any potential employee will need to show proof of vaccination (both doses) and will also need to agree as part of their job offer and terms to participate in any future vaccine booster programs that may be introduced.


Current Employees

For current employees we are pleased we have an extremely high percentage of our current employees vaccinated, far higher than the Governments issued figures. However, we will have some current employees who will reserve their right to not be vaccinated and will not have exemption status. We will continue to provide these employees with vaccination information and the choice to be vaccinated should they want to. During this 16-week grace period set by the Government following the implementation of mandatory vaccination on 9th November 2021, should any employee have not been vaccinated or have not consented to do so, we will need to take the following action. We will look at deploying them away from the front line if that is possible, or after consultation, we may have to look at terminating their employment with our company once the 16-week grace period has passed on 1st April 2022.


The safety of our customers, their families, and our team members must remain our priority, and we must take steps to ensure we all comply with statutory provisions being implemented by the Government.


Over the coming weeks, we will be asking all staff members to provide proof of their vaccinations and this information will be kept securely and in line with our Data Protection Policy. I have included a timeline to this letter that visually shows the grace period and when the cut off for vaccination will be and urge you if not already done so to consider vaccination by the deadline the government has set.


Should you have any further questions around this matter please contact Amanda Purvis immediately on amanda@cahne.co.uk so that they can be addressed




Yours sincerely,

Amanda Purvis

Managing Director

Care at Home (Wearside) Limited