Response to the Department of Health and Social Care’s decision on mandatory vaccinations for care home staff

Published on 17 June 2021

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Responding to the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) decision on mandatory vaccinations for care home staff, Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, said:

“We are incredibly proud of the nearly 732,000 nursing and midwifery professionals across the UK on our register, who despite facing significant demands and pressures during the coronavirus pandemic, have provided safe, kind and effective care that has undoubtedly saved many lives.

“Our Code clearly sets out what we expect from our professionals in terms of protecting the people they care for, and we know the Covid-19 vaccine helps to keep us safe.

“That’s why we support efforts to increase vaccination uptake and we will continue to work with the Government, employers and the wider health and care sector to understand and address the reasons for vaccine hesitancy.

“By working collaboratively with our partners we will be able to provide better support and guidance for all of our professionals. It is our expectation that if concerns are identified around vaccinations, employers should be able to resolve these locally.

“We look forward to contributing to the consultation on proposed mandatory vaccinations for all NHS staff.”


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