Covid vaccines will be mandatory from the spring for all healthcare workers

Following on from the Government’s announcement that all social care workers will need to be doubly vaccinated by 11 November, you may have seen the news from the Department of Health announcing that COVID-19 vaccines will also become mandatory for front line workers in health and care settings from April 2022.

This means that patient and service user facing roles - providers of Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated activity including GP practices, hospitals and services delivering care in patients’ homes - will only be held by staff who are fully vaccinated. This also includes non-clinical roles such as receptionists, ward clerks, porters, and cleaners.

The change in regulation means that all University of Hertfordshire’s nursing, health, allied health profession, midwifery and also social work students will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by April 2022, unless they have a medical exemption. Please note, the medical exemptions are limited, and it may mean you’re unable to complete your programme or work in a health and social care setting if not fully vaccinated.