England seeks to make COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory for care workers

LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) – England will try to make coronavirus vaccinations compulsory for nursing home workers, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Wednesday and will begin a consultation on whether the measure will be extended to healthcare workers.

The UK has high uptake of COVID-19 vaccines but is looking into making vaccinations mandatory for workers in nursing homes to further increase coverage.

“We have decided to develop this proposal further to protect residents. The vast majority of nursing home staff are vaccinated, but not all, “Hancock told Parliament, adding that a similar move would be considered for the National Health Service (NHS).

“We will move forward with action to ensure commitment as a prerequisite for service for nursing home staff, and we will deliberate in the NHS on the same approach to saving lives and protecting patients from disease.”

The move could be turned down by some workers who are reluctant to get the syringes and some lawmakers have raised concerns that it could result in mandatory vaccination for everyone.

“I disagree with mandatory public vaccination,” said Hancock. “But for those who have a duty of care in an environment that includes some of the most vulnerable people in the country, I think this is a sensible and sensible move to save lives.”

Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; Adaptation by Michael Holden

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