Royal Berkshire Hospital sets out approach to mandatory staff vaccination

Most hospital staff have had their main Covid jabs, ahead of government rules due in on 1 April 2022.
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More than 90% of hospital staff have had two doses of a Covid vaccine, and those who haven’t will be spoken to by their managers, according to the head of Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT).

Steve McManus, chief executive of RBFT, outlined the trust’s approach after the government confirmed on 11 November it was making vaccination of frontline NHS staff and more social care staff mandatory.

By the end of October 2021, 91.7% of RBFT staff had had their first two vaccine doses, and 48% had had a booster, Mr McManus said in an update to the trust’s board of directors on 24 November.

He added that the trust had recently written to all unvaccinated employees to check their vaccine status or ask them to reconsider any decision not to have a vaccine.

“Moving forward line managers for unvaccinated staff will be asked to speak to each staff member individually and discuss their reasons for deciding not to be vaccinated and ensure they are aware of the support they can access should they wish to discuss their decision,” Mr McManus said.

“Staff who continue to decline the vaccine will also be made aware that employment decisions will need to be considered due to their continued refusal of the vaccine.”

Government plans on mandatory staff vaccination

  • NHS front-line staff must be double jabbed under new rules due from 1 April 2022
  • Care home staff faced the rules earlier, having to be vaccinated by 11 November 
  • Other social care staff like home care workers will also be subject to rules from April
  • Front-line health staff to be covered will include doctors, nurses and dentists
  • It will also apply to ancillary staff like porters and receptionists who deal with patients
  • Mandatory vaccination only applies to the first two Covid vaccine doses
  • Mandatory vaccination of boosters and flu jabs may be introduced in the future
  • Exemptions to the new rules will be allowed on certain medical grounds
  • 95% of care home staff in England are now double jabbed after they faced new rules

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