Covid-19: Vaccinations for NHS staff to be made compulsory

The government has announced that it will become compulsory for frontline NHS staff in England to be fully vaccinated against Covid, the health secretary has confirmed.

Sajid Javid told MPs that he expected to set a deadline for the beginning of April to give 103,000 unvaccinated workers time to get both jabs.

More than 93% of NHS staff have received their first dose and 90% are fully vaccinated according to official figures.

The government’s decision follows a consultation which considered whether both the Covid and flu jabs should be compulsory.

Those with a medical reason not to have the Covid jab would be exempt Sajid said, as would those who do not have face-to-face contact with patients.

In a Commons statement, Mr Javid said compulsory vaccination would “protect patients in the NHS, protect colleagues in the NHS and, of course, protect the NHS itself.”

He said the requirement would be enforced 12 weeks after parliamentary approval – likely to be from April.


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