Sajid set to scrap mandatory Covid jabs for NHS and social care workers

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Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street.

Mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for NHS and social care workers are set to be scrapped after warnings of healthcare staff shortages if the plan went ahead.

Health Secretary, Sajid Javid is due to meet fellow ministers to rubber stamp the decision later today (Monday 31st January 2022).

Government sources have also said ministers are expected to end the requirement because the omicron Covid variant, now dominant in the UK, is milder than previous strains.

The change of approach reflects Downing Street’s increasing focus on how the UK must “learn to live with Covid” as the surge of omicron cases fades.

The change of policy comes after concerns that 77,000 healthcare workers would be forced out of their jobs because they had declined to take two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Last November the legal requirement for care home staff to be fully came into effect. An estimated 40,000 people lost their jobs over the policy. However, under the new rules they are expected to be able to return to work in the sector.

More to follow.

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