As expected, legislation has now been passed to make it a mandatory requirement for staff employed in CQC-registered care homes (requiring nursing or personal care) to be fully vaccinated against covid-19 unless they are exempt. This will also cover those entering the care home, for example hairdressers, but exemptions to this include those providing emergency assistance, emergency service personally, urgent maintenance, friends and relatives of service users, people under 18 years old, those visiting dying service users or providing comfort/support to a service user following the death of a relative or friend. Service users also do not need to be fully vaccinated. This comes into force on 11th November 2021.
Should care homes fail to act in compliance with the new legislation, they could face regulatory action from the CQC.
The new legislation can be found at: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2021/891/contents/made
The Government is currently considering whether to extend this requirement to those working in healthcare settings.