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The Department of Health & Social Care requires all agency workers in CQC-registered service or care homes to be fully vaccinated unless medically exempt by 11th November 2021. From that date, regulations come into force, which will prevent non-vaccinated workers from being deployed in care settings.
The looming deadline means that all workers who provide nursing and personal care, both permanent and agency, will need to have received their first vaccine dose by 16th September 2021. If you have not received your first vaccine by mid-September, it does not mean that you have missed your chance, however, it may mean that you cannot work in the sector for a short period.
Once vaccinated, you will need to share confirmation of your vaccination status to your employer who will then mark you as compliant and able to work (watch the video below on how to do this). If you are medically exempt, you will need to provide evidence of this from your GP and it is at the discretion of the service if you can or cannot work there.
If you have received full vaccination status, you will need to provide a Covid Pass to your employer to continue working in the sector. You can do this by downloading the Covid Pass from the NHS App or requesting a letter via the 119 helpline. Once you have shared this with your employer (care provider or agency), they will be able to mark you as compliant. Watch the video for a detailed breakdown on how to obtain and share your Covid Pass.
If you are currently working with Search Healthcare, you’re likely to have been notified by a member of our compliance team already. If you need further guidance on this matter, please feel free to contact us and we would be happy to offer our advice to ensure you remain compliant and your working pattern is unaffected.