Last reviewed 25 January 2022

Operational guidance on mandatory vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) in care homes was updated on 20 January 2022.

Since 11 November 2021, anyone working or volunteering in a care home has had to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, unless exempt.

These conditions were updated by The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) (No. 2) Regulations 2022, which came into force on 6 January 2022, and additional regulations that will come into force on 1 April 2022.

The document, Covid-19 Vaccination of People Working or Deployed in Care Homes: Operational Guidance, has been updated accordingly to reflect amendments made by Regulations 3 and 4. These made some changes to the original regulations to recognise vaccinations received outside of the UK and an exemption for participants in clinical trials, and to permit new starters to be deployed following a first dose of a vaccination.

The operational guidance was published last year to help support the implementation of The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021, which require registered persons of all CQC-registered (Care Quality Commission) care homes to ensure that a person does not enter the indoor premises unless they have been fully vaccinated, subject to certain exemptions. These regulations were laid in Parliament on 22 June 2021 and were made on 22 July 2021. They came into force on 11 November 2021 after a 16-week grace period. These regulations imposed the duty on the registered person of a care home to ensure, with a few exceptions, only those who can show evidence of vaccination or exemption would enter a care home.