Care homes have a 'legal duty of care' says nurse
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Care home staff have a “legal duty of care” to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a nurse has argued. Calling in to Jeremy Vine on 5, Susan from Merseyside said that while people are free to choose not to take the jab, they should not be able to work in care homes if they do so, to protect care home residents. Her remarks came after the Guardian reported on Wednesday that coronavirus vaccinations could become compulsory for care home staff in England.
Staff are expected to be given 16 weeks to get a vaccination if they have not already done so before they risk losing their jobs or being moved elsewhere.
Around 1.5 million staff work in the England care sector.
Susan from Merseyside argued that it was the duty of the staff to protect the residents in their charge from the possibility of Covid-19 infection.
She said: “I’m a nurse, I work in a care home.
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“And we have a legal duty of care to protect these people.
“You have rights if you don’t want to get the jab, that’s fine.
“Don’t work in this industry.
“It’s that simple.”
Host Jeremy Vine asked her if there would be a way of keeping unvaccinated staff on in a different capacity.
He said: “Do you think, Susan, the person who doesn’t have the jab, say they’re in your care home. Can you give them a different role?
“Like in the kitchen or something? Or would you have to let them go completely?”
She replied: “Well, you could do that as long as they’re not interacting with the patients.”
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Vaccine uptake throughout the UK has been high since the rollout began.
Almost 80 percent of British adults have had at least one jab, while 57.4 percent have had both doses, according to official government figures.
There have been over 40,000 deaths in care homes in England since the start of the pandemic.
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss told Sky News that it was “incredibly important” that care home staff be vaccinated, but would not confirm if it would be made mandatory.
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