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Breaking: COVID-19 Jab for Care Home Staff Reportedly to be Mandatory
Out of bed and onto breaking news
I have woken up and blearily looked at my phone to the Headline from all major news outlets that COVID-19 jabs will be mandatory for all care home staff.
My first thought…how did I miss this in the DHSC circular? I didn’t, it isn’t there.
You missed this too
So if I have woken up to how have I missed this? You will be too, and now it is how to handle it, because until it comes from the horse’s mouth uncertainty will grow.
So what are news sources saying? PLEASE NOTE this is under plans which have not been officially communicated by the DHSC
First reported in the Guardian the key messages are;
- It will be mandatory for care home staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccination
- This must be done within 16 weeks of an official announcement or risk losing their job
- A further consultation will get underway to extend mandatory jabs to NHS workers
What is not clear?
What is not clear is whether other social care workers will also be required to have the jab.
So what can you do?
My mum always said mushrooms grow quickly in the dark… so put some light on it.
Be clear about what you know
The first thing is to let staff know that you have seen the news reports. Set out clearly what has been said and where, but impress that you have received no information directly from the DHSC and will do nothing until you have been told officially.
The news will get frantic
As I sit here writing, I have refreshed my browser and see updates from different news channels. Explain the pace of information will increase around this news story, but it is not in place until you have heard it from the DHSC.
Various social media pages will be generating a stir – remind people about reputable news sources.
Keep an open door
Let staff know you are there for them, and they should speak to you about any concerns they have.
Offer to speak with any staff who have not had the vaccination and are worried.
Create informal-feel team meetings to talk
- Ensure team leaders facilitate
- Keep a minute for staff
- Run enough staff meetings to include those working unsociable hours
- Remember this will need to be done in line with COVID-19 restrictions
Seek legal advice
You may want to speak to your legal representative about the impact and choices you have when this situation becomes official.
Lastly – Be kind
Keep trying to gently persuade rather than force.
My last blog ‘Vaccination - The Human Side’ shows ways to understand people’s fears and preferences.
QCS and the team are always here to support and keep you updated through this difficult time.
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