The health secretary has defended making Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for all care home staff from tomorrow, saying it is “all about patient safety”.
Sajid Javid said he didn’t want to see people leave the profession but said it is “absolutely the right decision” to insist that they have to if they are unwilling to get a Covid vaccine.
In August the government announced anyone working or volunteering in a care home will need to be double jabbed against Covid-19, unless they have a medical exemption or there is an emergency, from 11 November.
A day before the deadline Javid told the BBC “we don’t anticipate” big staffing issues as a result of the policy, although there has been speculationt that the move could leave a sector already struggling to fill roles in even more difficulty.
But Javid continued to strongly defended the plans this morning, and accepted that this may lead to some people leaving the sector.
Read more: If vaccine mandate makes care homes safer, it is ‘absolutely the right decision’ – Sajid Javid. (Yep, decimating care staff numbers will make them safer, so will giving them killer jabs, and then there’s Midazolam which Matt the Prat Hancock must have told you about