Mandatory Covid-19 vaccination no longer a requirement

On Monday 31 January 2022, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) paused the rollout of mandatory Covid-19 vaccination for health and social care staff.

DHSC held a short consultation on the subject. Based on the feedback it has now confirmed that health and social care staff will not need a Covid-19 vaccination in order to work with patients.  

From Tuesday 15 March 2022, the legislation that required mandatory vaccination will be repealed (cancelled). Similar legislation for staff at care homes and anyone who does any work there will be cancelled as well.

As the requirement for care homes has already been rolled out; care homes are being advised to continue to require vaccination up to Tuesday 15 March. Vaccination status proof may still be required if you visit a care home for work before this date.

From Tuesday 15 March, new NHS recruits or contractors from partner organisations will no longer have to be fully vaccinated.

We appreciate and thank all our NHS, social care and voluntary sector colleagues for the huge effort that has been put into this work over the last few months.

We will continue to offer information and advice to support decision making around the choice to have a Covid vaccination. This continues to be the best way to protect yourself, your family, colleagues and patients from the virus.

For more information on vaccination as a condition of deployment:

Read the oral statement from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javidon on the gov.uk website.

Read the new regulations revoking the 2021 Care Home Regulations and the 2022 Vaccine as a Condition of Deployment on the gov.uk website.