Update on Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment 

MACC E-bulletin 3rd February 2022

Many VCSE organisations have been concerned about the implications for our sector’s workforce of the Government’s policy of mandatory vaccinations for the health and social care workforce. Guidance for the services provided by VCSE organisations has been focused on Care Quality Commission regulated activities with a number of other areas being unclear (e.g. VCSE staff going into hospitals and care homes to provide support). 

As you may have seen in the news in the last few days, the policy is now paused while a review takes place. 

Macc has been asked by Manchester Health and Care Commissioning to send out the following clarification:

Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced on Monday that there will be a consultation on the Government’s plan for COVID-19 Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment (VCOD). Subject to the outcome of that consultation, the Government has said it will revoke the VCOD regulations, which it has previously announced would be mandatory for in-scope health and social care staff on the 1 April 2022. 

In practical terms, the Government’s announcement means that CQC registered organisations will not need to serve notice on any member of staff who has not had their first COVID-19 vaccination by Thursday 3 February. 

Please continue your work to support your staff who may still have concerns about having the vaccine, to enable them to make an informed decision. As with previous Government announcements relating to COVID-19, there will be more information to be issued in due course, and we will update you on these as appropriate. 

So the key messages are:

Don’t dismiss any staff or volunteers on the grounds that they have declined to be vaccinated

Please continue to encourage staff and volunteers to be vaccinated

Macc will continue to work with NHS colleagues on this as the Government’s policy review takes place. 

Please contact us at Macc on 0333 321 3021 or email: [email protected] if you need support on this issue. Contact us 

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