Care home staff have a “legal duty of care” to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a nurse has argued. Calling in to Jeremy Vine on 5, Susan from Merseyside said that while people are free to choose not to take the jab, they should not be able to work in care homes if they do so, to protect care home residents. Her remarks came after the Guardian reported on Wednesday that coronavirus vaccinations could become compulsory for care home staff in England.
Staff are expected to be given 16 weeks to get a vaccination if they have not already done so before they risk losing their jobs or being moved elsewhere.
Around 1.5 million staff work in the England care sector.
Susan from Merseyside argued that it was the duty of the staff to protect the residents in their charge from the possibility of Covid-19 infection.
She said: “I’m a nurse, I work in a care home.
Vaccine uptake throughout the UK has been high since the rollout began.
Almost 80 percent of British adults have had at least one jab, while 57.4 percent have had both doses, according to official government figures.
There have been over 40,000 deaths in care homes in England since the start of the pandemic.
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss told Sky News that it was “incredibly important” that care home staff be vaccinated, but would not confirm if it would be made mandatory.