Update: Vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) for all healthcare workers


NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I) is preparing to implement the mandatory vaccination of all individuals undertaking CQC regulated activities in England, including GP Contract holders and employees of GP practices. The regulations will apply equally across the public (NHS) and independent health sector.

NHSE&I has now produced phase 1 guidance related to this, covering the current period before the requirement is passed into law as part of the NHS Act currently going through Parliament. Phase 2 guidance is subject to completion of parliamentary passage, and will focus on the implementation of the new regulations inclusive of a redeployment framework and advice regarding formal steps for staff who have not had two vaccine doses by 1 April 2022.

LMC has summarised what we know so far from the available guidance in this document.

Please find the full guidance for employers attached