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94,000 NHS staff have still not been double vaccinated, which could be made compulsory

by LLB political Reporter
14th Dec 21 3:06 pm

The Health Secretary Sajid Javid has told MPs in the House of Commons, ahead of today’s vote for Plan B restrictions, that 94,000 NHS staff still have not had both doses of the vaccine.

Javid said that since September when NHS staff were told they will have be vaccinated, that there has been a net increase of 55,000 who have now had their first jab.

e said: “We need this figure to go even higher. Uptake rates vary… across the country and despite incredible effort to boost uptake [there are] 94,000 NHS staff who are unvaccinated.

“It is critical to patient safety that health and care staff get the jab to protect some of the most vulnerable people who are in their care and also keep the NHS workforce strong in the face of Omicron.

“Today, we’re putting before the house regulations to extend this requirement to health and other social care settings.”

This would apply to those working in NHS hospitals, GP and dental practices, regardless of whether the provider is publicly or privately funded, anyone working in social care actives regulated by the Care Quality Commission if the role includes contact with patients.

Javid added, “The definition of fully vaccinated is two doses, but we are keeping this under review.

“I’d like to say very clearly, and once and for all, although we’ve seen plans for universal mandatory vaccination in some countries in Europe, I will never support them in this country.”

Part of today’s four votes in the Commons is to also make it compulsory for all NHS staff to be vaccinated, those who cannot will be moved to non-facing patient roles.

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