Coronavirus Updates

Latest updates on Coronavirus. As the situation is quickly evolving, it is important to be provided with up-to-date information. We’ll be updating and adding to our information. So keep checking back.

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08th February 2022

Government plans to scrap mandatory vaccinations in the health and care sector welcomed

Nikki Walker

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid announced that the government is set to revoke the legal requirement for all health and social care staff in England to be double jabbed against COVID-19. He told the House of Commons that he believes it is “no longer proportionate” to require vaccination as a condition of deployment […]

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07th February 2022

LATEST UPDATE on VCOD for Care Homes – Does VCOD still apply for care homes?

Napthens LLP Employment Law Specialists

With the Government recently announcing a consultation that could see the ending of vaccination as a condition of employment for many health and social care workers in England, what does this mean for people working in care homes? Chris King, Associate Solicitor at Napthens, explains. No new legislation to withdraw care home regulations currently Currently […]

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04th February 2022

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Risk Assessment Guidance

Napthens LLP Employment Law Specialists

Download the Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Risk Assessment Guidance by Napthens H&S here. Download Now It is important that all those entering care homes, including those who are exempt from vaccination, continue to follow infection prevention and control measures, including the correct usage of PPE, to reduce the risk of transmission. However, these measures are not […]

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02nd February 2022

Dismissing a care home assistant as she refused to be vaccinated was fair and reasonable – a court rules

Napthens LLP Employment Law Specialists

Chris King, Associate Solicitor at Napthens, outlines the case of Allette v Scarsdale Grange Nursing House Ltd and what it means for the future. The Department of Health and Social Care carried out a review on care homes for older adults. Care homes had been significantly affected by the pandemic, not only because of the […]

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01st February 2022

Mandatory Vaccination likely to be scrapped in the coming days

Chris King Employment Law Specialist

Chris King, Associate Solicitor at Napthens unravels what the recent government announcement means for you. Following an announcement last night in the House of Commons by the Health Secretary Sajid Javid, it is looking increasingly likely that the intended mandatory vaccination requirement for continued deployment in front-facing health and social care roles in England is to […]

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01st February 2022

Consultation on removing vaccination as a condition of deployment for health and social care staff

Napthens LLP Employment Law Specialists

Regulations making vaccines a condition of deployment (VCOD) for health and social care staff are set to be revoked, subject to public consultation and parliamentary approval, the government has announced. The regulations, announced last year, meant frontline health and social care workers in England would have had to be fully vaccinated by 1 April, needing […]

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31st January 2022

FAQ – Mandatory Vaccination for Health and Social Care Workers

Napthens LLP Employment Law Specialists

Our legal experts Napthens answer some of the pressing questions surrounding mandatory vaccination for you. You can download the factsheet version here and share it with your team. Download Now Alternatively, see the Q&A below: 1. Who falls into scope of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) (No.2) 2022 (“Regulations”)? […]

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28th January 2022

Social Care In Vision – Wales (Last Updated: 28.01.2022)

Emily Kerrigan Domiciliary Care Policy Lead

Download our latest Social Care highlights for Wales below. It features the latest updates on international travel, easing alert level 2 protections, COVID updates and more!  You can also download a PDF version here to share it with your team. Download Now Alternatively, read the update here: COVID-19 Contacts: guidance for health and social care […]

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28th January 2022

Social Care In Vision (Last Updated: 28.01.2022)

Emily Kerrigan Domiciliary Care Policy Lead

Download our latest Social Care highlights for England below. It features the latest updates on claiming back statutory sick pay paid to employees, a cold weather alert, COVID updates and more!  You can also download a PDF version here to share it with your team. Download Now Alternatively, read the update here: COVID-19 – Free […]

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27th January 2022

Government announces easing of COVID-19 restrictions for care homes in England

Quality Compliance Systems (QCS)

Unlimited visiting for care home residents to return Reduced isolation following a COVID-19 infection for those receiving care Restrictions in place to help prevent the spread of Omicron in adult social care will now be eased as Plan B measures are removed. From Monday 31 January, there will be no limit on the number of […]

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