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Petition Do not make COVID vaccination a requirement for health and social care workers

The Government should not make vaccination against COVID a requirement for frontline health and social care workers. We believe this is contrary to basic human rights to decide whether to receive medical treatment based on personal choice and conscience.

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Many people do not want the vaccine for a number of reasons. Also the manufacturers are indemnified from liability for any side effects arising from the taking the vaccine. It is unacceptable that health and social care workers are being required to be vaccinated in order to do their jobs, when they would not even be entitled to compensation from the manufacturers for any adverse effects.

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COVID-19 vaccination requirements introduced for health and social care workers

On Tuesday 14 December the House of Commons debated and approved new requirements for health and social care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Read what MPs said during the debate: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2021-12-14/debates/8034393B-C568-4DE6-8695-1D63F957537E/PublicHealth

You can also watch the debate on Parliamentlive.tv: https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/61329c5b-ac88-4243-bbc9-35f8a142b5c7?in=13:46:46

What do the new rules mean?

The new rules apply to health and social care workers who have face-to-face contact with service users, including volunteers. These people will need to provide evidence that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be deployed to their workplace.

The new requirements are set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) (No. 2) Regulations 2021, which you can read here:
https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2021/9780348228861

The Government has introduced these rules following a consultation with the public. The consultation asked people for their views on making vaccination a condition of deployment in the health and wider social care sector. You can read about the outcome of this consultation here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/making-vaccination-a-condition-of-deployment-in-the-health-and-wider-social-care-sector/making-vaccination-a-condition-of-deployment-in-the-health-and-wider-social-care-sector#annex-a

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