On 15 March 2022, the Government did U-turn and brought into force legislation that revoked vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD). Information from NHS England can be found here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2022/02/C1584-vcod-for-healthcare-workers-faqs.pdf
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) strongly encourage anyone eligible to be fully vaccinated as quickly as possible - “our code and our standards have always made clear that professionals have a responsibility to maintain their own level of health, taking all reasonable personal precautions to avoid potential health risks to colleagues and people receiving care.”
The NMC has stated that they 'do not consider that solely turning down COVID-19 vaccinations is a basis for a Fitness to Practise referral”.
NMC's full position statement is here.
We encourage members to have the vaccinations please see our position here: https://www.rcm.org.uk/coronavirus-hub/covid-advice-for-healthcare-professionals/vaccine-maternity-staff-why-should-i-get-the-vaccine/
Take a look at the latest briefing on what the Government, the NMC and we are the RCM are saying now.
Latest advice to employers
The link and information to new government guidance to employers re COVID https://www.gov.uk/guidance/reducing-the-spread-of-respiratory-infections-including-covid-19-in-the-workplace
- Who this information is for
- Know which symptoms to look out for
- What to do if a member of staff has symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19
- Actions to reduce the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19
- Management of members of staff who are at risk of serious illness from COVID-19
- Risk assessment