Regulations revoke statutory requirement for mandatory vaccination for health and social care workers in England

On 1 March 2022, the government confirmed that it would introduce regulations revoking the statutory requirements for vaccination as a condition of deployment in health and social care settings in England.

Covid-19 in England

On 15 March 2022, the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) (No 3) Regulations 2022 (SI 2022/206) came into force. These revoke:

  • The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/891), which introduced a statutory requirement for mandatory vaccination for workers in Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated care homes on 11 November 2021.
  • The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) (No 2) Regulations 2022 (SI 2022/15), which were due to introduce a statutory requirement for mandatory vaccination for health and social care workers on 1 April 2022.

The Department of Health and Social Care has also withdrawn its operational guidance on vaccination of care home workers and workers in social care settings other than care homes, reflecting that vaccinations are no longer a requirement for workers in these settings.

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