Are Covid jabs compulsory for everyone?
With countless receiving the booster jabs and many employers requiring workers to become fully vaccinated, have the Covid vaccines become mandatory?
In the UK, over 37 million people have had their booster vaccines since they were made available. The government is insisting that anyone who may be able to should receive this supplementary shot of the vaccine.
However important the vaccines have become to the future possibility of ‘living with Covid’ and moving on, being fully vaccinated has not been made compulsory for everyone in the UK.
That is not to say that vaccines are not compulsory for some.
Mandatory jabs for NHS staff
According to government mandate, all of England’s front-line NHS workers must be fully vaccinated by the first of April in order to be able to keep working.
With a few exceptions, all NHS staff are required to have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 3 February with the expectation that they are fully vaccinated in time for the government’s target date of 1 April.
Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, said, ‘Regardless of the mandate for NHS workers, it is the professional duty of every NHS worker to get vaccinated.’
According to the latest figures, 95% of the NHS staff have already been jabbed.
Care home staff
Since 11 November of last year, Covid vaccinations have been made compulsory for everyone employed by care homes in England registered with the Care Quality Commission, unless they are exempt.
Sajid Javid had said in a radio programme, ‘If you work in a care home you are working with some of the most vulnerable people in our country and if you cannot be bothered to go and get vaccinated, then get out and go and get another job.
‘If you want to look after them (care home residents), if you want to cook for them, if you want to feed them, if you want to put them to bed, then you should get vaccinated.
‘If you are not going to get vaccinated then why are you working in care?’
The government has stated that imposing mandatory jabs for care home workers is ‘a sensible and reasonable step’ going forward and that it will help save lives.
Compulsory vaccines for retail store employees and more
A number of companies have begun to reduce sick pay for employees who are not fully vaccinated and are having to quarantine due to Covid exposure. Employees are being paid the statutory-sick-pay minimum, which is £96.35 per week. However, all employees who end up testing positive for Covid, regardless of their vaccination status, will continue to receive the sick pay in full.
Companies to adopt this policy include Next, Morrisons, Ikea, and Ocado.
Regardless of the government’s Plan B being ceased, a substantial number of venues that host crowded events require attendees to present the NHS Pass.
Plenty of countries nowadays has additional requirements and restrictions for visitors who are not fully vaccinated. Some countries deny entry outright to travellers who have not been double jabbed.
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