Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment in any CQC registered service

It was announced on Tuesday 9 November 2021 that workers undertaking CQC regulated activities in England are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, no later than Friday 1 April 2022 to protect patients.

These regulations apply equally across the public (NHS) and independent health sectors. It will require workers aged 18 and over; who have direct, face-to-face contact with service users to provide evidence that they have received a complete course of a Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved COVID-19 vaccine. This is subject to limited exceptions, but should be completed no later than Friday 1 April 2022.

This will include front-line workers, as well as non-clinical workers. They may not directly be involved in patient care but nevertheless may have direct, face-to-face contact with patients. For example, receptionists, ward clerks, porters and cleaners. It will also apply to individuals who undertake regulated activity as an agency worker, locum, volunteer, and students.

To ensure that all workers are compliant with the law by 1 April; the first dose will need to be taken by Thursday 3 February 2022 and the second dose by Thursday 31 March 2022.

Services are recommended to review and complete Appendix 4 of the C1470: Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment for Healthcare Workers planning and preparation guidance.

Please note that these documents clearly set out processes that providers must take for staff who are not vaccinated, please read these carefully. Compliance with these regulations will be monitored and enforced by CQC.

When registering with CQC and if inspected, the registered provider will need to be able to demonstrate that:

  • They have systems in place to ensure that they can comply with the requirements of the regulations. And they can monitor compliance.
  • There is a record to confirm that satisfactory evidence has been provided. This record must be kept securely by the registered person in compliance with the UK GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018.
  • They have systems in place to review whether they need further evidence in relation to vaccination or exemption status of the people they employ or otherwise engage for the purposes of the provision of the regulated activity, carry out those reviews and secure such further evidence.
  • There is appropriate information and access to advice/guidance about vaccines and the requirements of the regulations available to all workers, and that individuals receive support in connection with the vaccine.
  • Workers are provided with the appropriate support to access vaccination.