Vaccination as a condition of deployment for all healthcare workers

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced on the 9 November 2021 that individuals undertaking CQC regulated activities in England must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than 1 April 2022. The regulations will apply equally across the public (NHS) and independent health sector.

Thursday 6 January marked the start of the 12-week grace period that allows unvaccinated individuals to have had their first dose by 3 February 2022, in order to have received their second dose by the 1 April 2022 deadline.

NHS England and Improvement will issue phase two guidance in the coming days which will focus on the implementation of the new regulations, including a redeployment framework and advice regarding formal steps for staff who remain unvaccinated on 1 April 2022.   

Information for line managers and staff can be found here and assets are available on NHS CommsLink to encourage teams to take up the COVID-19 vaccine offer and/or get their booster. 

There are also national health and wellbeing resources including winter workforce preparedness and the Leadership Academy’s #ProjectM and #Winterwarmers which provide practical guidance for line managers on how to ensure our NHS people are well-supported. If you have any queries, please contact the people team.