According to a statement given by the Health Minister of the United Kingdom Matt Hancock, it will be mandatory for care home workers in the country to have COVID-19 vaccinations. He also said that the British government was considering whether the policy should be extended to healthcare workers too.
Despite higher rate of COVID-19 vaccinations, the UK has been witnessing a rise in infections mainly because of the Delta variant first found in India. The government has been examining making the shots compulsory for those working in care homes as they are among the most vulnerable to the disease.
Speaking to the parliament, Hancock said “We have decided to take this proposal forward to protect residents. The vast majority of staff in care homes are vaccinated, but not all.”
Stating that a similar move is likely to be considered for the National Health Service (NHS), Hancock said “We will be taking forward the measures to ensure the mandation, as a condition of deployment, for staff in care homes, and we will consult on the same approach in the NHS in order to save lives and protect patients from disease.”