CAMPAIGN FOR CARE WORKERS

No jab no job breaches current law

On 22nd July 2021, The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 statutory instrument was laid before Parliament.

The instrument brings in the requirement for care home workers (and other people who may visit care homes in a work capacity) in England, to have been fully vaccinated against “Coronavirus” – or the SARS-CoV-2 virus with one of the authorised COVID-19 vaccines by 11th November 2021 (16 weeks after the instrument was issued) –  or to be able to prove there are clinical reasons why they cannot be vaccinated.

The regulations appear to have been rushed through before MPs started their summer break.  An impact assessment for the regulations was still being prepared so was not available for MPs to consider before voting.

Conservative MP William Wragg spoke out against the rushing through of the regulations, along with Labour’s Rachael Maskell, with the latter saying: “We’re having to make a decision in the House this evening on the balance of risk, and we haven’t been given the data because the impact assessment hasn’t come forward.” Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans also said it was a “totally unsatisfactory” situation.

The Regulations seek to fundamentally change the human rights of care home workers.  They cross a line that has not been crossed before in this country, and we must all be deeply concerned that it is a first step towards mandatory vaccination for the whole population.

The Regulations are likely to cause a severe shortage of staff in an industry that has historically found it hard to recruit well trained and dedicated individuals. Many current staff may simply now be preparing to leave a job they love, rather than be bullied.

The impact of staff shortages will of course be felt only by those in care, who are either the oldest or the most vulnerable in our society. This is a travesty given the failings of this government throughout the last 18 months, to the care home population.

Every person has body autonomy and freedom of choice when it comes to medical procedures. These rights must be respected and upheld and are enshrined in numerous pieces of domestic and international law, as well as in common law, by judgements handed down by the UK’s highest court, The Supreme Court. These rights cannot simply be swept aside by the stroke of a junior minister’s pen.

We anticipate the new regulations being challenged in court in the near future. In the meantime, our focus is on urgently empowering individual care home workers (and others affected by the regulations) so that they do not feel forced into having a vaccination, forced to hand in their resignation, or face redeployment, dismissal or other disciplinary action as a result of exercising their fundamental human rights. That people find themselves in this position is not acceptable, is unlawful, and we should all stand together to prevent such state overreach.

Do not forget the PDF which is next to the letter and called “explantory notes”. Keep this as a handy reference to the legislation and case law that your employer will be breaching if they try to coerce you into having a Covid 19 vaccine.

And finally, please share this post with anyone affected so it reaches them. Together we can make a stand and make a difference.

19 thoughts on “CAMPAIGN FOR CARE WORKERS

  1. Just a suggestion. That “page HERE” is very easy to miss.. It’s probably website template settings, but it would be nice to see the hyperlink clearly highlighted..

  2. I started a petition on the government website to enforce mandatory coronavirus vaccine injections for all members of parliament and it was rejected on the grounds that it was malicious and illegal to call for enforced medical procedures. This is the very thing they are trying to enforce. Please everyone do the same and we can bombard our local m.ps with the government’s own contradictory rejection emails.

    1. Need all help I can get I need my job but don’t want jab..they are coming down on me told me I will have my contract terminated

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