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

Earlier this week the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced that individuals undertaking CQC regulated activities in England must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by no later than 1 April 2022, regardless of their employer. This includes all CQC regulated activity including primary care, secondary care and a wide range of health and care services.

The regulations are expected to come into effect from 1 April 2022. This means that unvaccinated individuals will need to have had their first dose by 3 February 2022, to have received their second dose by the 1 April 2022 deadline.

NHS England and NHS Improvement is working with NHS Employers, DHSC and wider stakeholders to develop detailed implementation guidance which will be issued in due course. Further information is available in our letter.