Temporary medical exemptions for Covid-19 jab for people working in care homes

21 September 2021

Director of Adult Social Care Delivery Claire Armstrong has written to local authorities, directors of adult social services, care home providers, care home managers and agencies to say people will be able to self-certify that they meet the medical exemption criteria for Covid-19 vaccination, on a temporary basis.

CEV shielding programme formally closed

21 September 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has agreed to end the requirement for Covid-19 shielding guidance for people previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV).

Businesses urged not to rely on Plan B

20 September 2021

Introducing the plan for the continuing fight against the coronavirus (see Winter plan for managing Covid), the Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that the Government might have to move to Plan B if virus cases rise significantly in the coming months.

PPE should be a right for casual workers

17 September 2021

The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) has offered its strong support to a recommendation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that would see workers in the gig economy gaining the same protection as employed workers.

Care home workers can self-certify Covid-19 vaccine medical exemption

16 September 2021

The Government has announced that care home staff in England who are within scope of mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations can temporarily self-certify their medical exemption. This is temporary evidence for their employer that they do not need to get the vaccine; evidence needed in the employer’s compliance with the mandatory care home vaccine rules which apply from 11 November 2021.

Vaccination for care home staff in England

15 September 2021

The arbitration service Acas has published advice to help employees and employers at care homes in England understand the new government rules around vaccination.