Mandatory vaccines for medical staff must be abandoned: UK social care boss

The staff shortage has “paralyzed” UK health and social care services, and the UK social care boss warned that the obligation of the COVID-19 vaccine to frontline staff must be relinquished.

CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus vaccination has been a condition of employment in UK care facilities since November 2021. The same rules will come into force on April 1st for the National Health Service (NHS) and other health care workers. Healthcare workers face relocation or dismissal.

The Home Care Association said that the safety and welfare of the elderly and disabled would be “at risk” if 15-20% of home care staff could not work because they were not vaccinated.

The association’s chief executive officer, Jane Townson, said her organization “strongly supports” the vaccination drive, but “to achieve high vaccine intake, persuading is more than compulsory.” We consistently claim that we are likely to succeed. “

She said the Home Health Care Association “repeatedly emphasizes the need to balance the reduced risk of infection with the risk of the elderly and disabled who go home without significant care.” ..

She said the government “seriously misunderstands this balance of risks” in promoting vaccine mandates.

The association is calling on the government to withdraw regulations before employers begin notifying unvaccinated employees.

However, an official spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “It is true that we believe that compulsory vaccination is the right approach and we have no plans to change the implementation date of this policy.” rice field.

Meanwhile, the British Medical Association (BMA) is calling for an “emergency impact assessment” on how policies affect headcount.

A BMA spokesman said: Under the most intense pressure, it was in modern history. “

“We need to urgently review the latest impact assessments on how this policy will affect headcount. The Minister is pursuing policies that risk making services unavailable and endangering patients. Must not be. “

The latest NHS England figures covering up to January 16 are that 13.1 percent (more than 53,000) of home care staff in the registered environment and 5 percent (more than 80,000) of NHS staff have not received the first dose. Suggests.

It is recorded that about 18.9 percent (77,080 staff) did not receive a second dose.

Lily Zhou and PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan