Matt Hancock has today confirmed Covid vaccinations will be made compulsory for care home staff despite backlash from furious unions and industry bosses.
The Health Secretary told MPs it is paramount carers working with vulnerable residents are vaccinated against the disease ‘in order to save lives’.
The controversial policy will see all 1.5million people working in social care told to get inoculated within 16 weeks — or face losing their jobs or being redeployed. It applies to all carers as well as other workers in homes, including tradespeople, hairdressers and beauticians.
Critics described it as a ‘sledgehammer approach’ which could worsen the social sector’s staffing crisis, make it harder to recruit and force many to ‘walk away’.
Despite care workers being among one of the top priority groups for Covid jabs and being eligible since December, latest figures show just two thirds of them have had both doses of the vaccine.
Announcing the move in the Commons today, Mr Hancock said the Government will ‘ensure mandation as a condition of deployment for staff in care homes’.
The Financial Times today reported ministers are also debating whether to make flu jabs compulsory for the same staff.
Read more: Pure psychopathic fascism – Hancock confirms ‘Covid’ fake vaccines WILL be compulsory for care home workers despite fears controversial move will worsen staff shortage and despite by the official figures alone some will die and others will have serious adverse reactions. Don’t do it people – have some self-respect. This prat insists you put your life at risk? WHAT?