Mandatory COVID-19 vaccines in care settings: actions care homes should be taking

Regulations mandating COVID-19 vaccines for those entering care homes became law on 22 July 2021.

The Regulations require CQC registered care homes in England providing accommodation together with nursing or personal care, to ensure that no one over the age of 18 enters the premises without evidence that they have received a complete course of an authorised COVID-19 vaccine. The implementation date of 11 November 2021 leaves little time for care homes to prepare. With the exemptions to this mandatory vaccine requirement being extremely limited, we recommended that care homes start conversations with their workforce about needing COVID-19 vaccines now. Join the Freeths Care team for this webinar to discuss the actions care homes should be taking to prepare for this change. We are also delighted to be joined by Bhavna Keane-Rao care consultant, who will be able to share her insights on how care providers have started to implement the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

Date: Wednesday 18th August Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Watch back the full webinar here

In this session we will cover:

  • the scope of the mandatory vaccine requirement and the exemptions;
  • changes that will be required to employment practices;
  • operational challenges around implementation;
  • data privacy considerations; and
  • the scope for regulatory action to be taken by the CQC.

Bhavna Keane Rao

Bhavna Keane-Rao is the Managing Director of BKRCC one of the largest independent care consultancies in the UK. Bhavna has over 23 years’ experience working with CQC and its predecessors. She was part of the team that delivered the first quality framework and worked in various roles at CQC including as National Lead supporting large corporate providers. Bhavna is a specialist adviser to the International Care Ethics observatory and has sat on the board of RESEC and is also a director of Ethox foundation. Bhavna has also recently joined the CareTech Foundation Advisory Council. During the webinar we will aim to answer any questions you may have. To ensure that we can cover as many questions as possible, please submit your questions in advance of the session when you register. 

Even if you can’t attend due to holidays, do still register and we’ll make sure you get a copy of the recording.


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