Mandatory vaccination in social care settings in England update

Social care workers in England, irrespective of where they work, no longer face a legal requirement to be vaccinated. If social care employers persist with forcing members to be vaccinated, please seek legal advice.

Back in November 2021 the Westminster Government passed a law requiring anyone working in a care home, including people who visited them for work purposes, to be vaccinated for COVID-19. They also declared an intention to extend this requirement to the rest of the health and social care sector.

However, the Government has now significantly changed their position. They recently revoked the regulations for the requirement of mandatory vaccinations in care home settings. They have also abandoned their plans to extend the requirement to be
vaccinated across the rest of the care sector. This means that there is now no legal requirement for any social care workers in England
(irrespective of setting) to be vaccinated.

As was the case before mandatory vaccination, social care employers can take a decision to make vaccination a condition of employment as a matter of company policy, but they would now be taking a much greater risk in doing so. If you come across any instances of
employers doing this our legal advice emphasises that individual circumstances and actions taken by the employer are crucial to making an assessment.

– Mike Short National Secretary
Local Government, Police and Justice Section