England Ends Vaxxine Mandate for National Healthcare Staff to Avoid ‘Mass Exodus’

- SARA CARTER - STAFF - FEB 1, 2022 -

England is taking action in order to avoid a “mass exodus” of healthcare workers. On Monday, health secretary Sajid Javid confirmed Ministers have planned to scrap an order forcing all NHS staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19.


The announcement came just three short days before the February 3 deadline for frontline employees to get vaccinated or be fired. Vaccine mandates will also be removed for those working in care homes, which has already led to the loss of roughly 40,000 staffers in that sector reports The Guardian.


NHS stated that an estimated 60,000 staff would be dismissed at the deadline if Javid did not support the end of the mandate. Javid said “While vaccination remains our very best line of defence, I believe it is no longer proportionate to require vaccination as a condition of deployment by statute. I will launch a consultation on ending vaccination as condition of deployment in health and all social care settings.”


“Subject to the response and the will of this house, the government will revoke these regulations,” he added. Immediately following, England NHS wrote to health service leaders to tell them: “This change in government policy means we request that employers do not serve notice of termination to employees affected by the vaccination as a condition of deployment regulations.”


Javid justified the change with the fact that the Omicron variant of coronavirus is much milder than its predecessor, Delta, and that a large majority of the population have been fully vaccinated.


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