If nursing home workers do not take both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by November 11, they should quit their jobs, said UK Health Minister Sajid Javid. The social welfare sector has warned that the vaccination requirement could result in the departure of large numbers of staff, which would further aggravate the existing staff shortage.
Nursing home workers who fail to take both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by the 11th November deadline should “quit and get another job,” UK Health Minister Sajid Javid said Saturday. He stressed that the deadline for receiving the vaccine would not be extended, as this requirement had been introduced for the safety of nursing home residents.
“If you work in a nursing home, work with some of the most vulnerable people in our country, and you can’t stand the trouble of getting vaccinated, leave and look for another job. If you want to take care of them, if you want to cook for them, if you want to feed them, if you want to put them to bed, you should get vaccinated. If you are not going to get vaccinated, why are you working in care? – Javid said in an interview with BBC4 radio.
Vaccinations in Great Britain
The social welfare sector has warned that the vaccination requirement could result in the departure of large numbers of staff, which would further aggravate the existing staff shortage. The nursing home organization, the National Care Association, estimates that 40,000 people may be forced to leave their jobs because of this obligation, and nearly 80,000 are “still in the danger zone” because they have only taken one dose of the vaccine.
According to data from the public health service in England, over 92 percent. personnel working in nursing homes for the elderly have taken at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than 84% employees – both.
November 11 as the date by which all nursing home workers in England must be fully vaccinated was announced by the British government in early August. They are so far the only professional group in the UK who will be required to be vaccinated. This requirement was introduced due to the high number of deaths in nursing homes during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. In September, Javid said it was very likely to extend this responsibility to healthcare professionals.
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