Covid in Wales: Vaccines for care home workers not compulsory

Vaccines for care home workers in Wales not compulsory

6/18/2021 4:29:00 PM

Vaccines for care home workers in Wales not compulsory

The first minister says the vaccine is voluntary, but some care homes make it a condition for a job.

image captionCare workers in Wales will not be made to have the vaccine by law, but their employers might request it at interviewVaccinations will not be made compulsory for care workers in Wales, the first minister has said.Mark Drakeford said he preferred an approach of convincing care home workers by "argument and persuasion".

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But a care home manager in Llandrindod Wells, Powys, told BBC Radio Wales "it's a condition of their employment".In England, care workers willif they refuse to have the jab.More than 90% of care home workers in Wales are already vaccinated, said Mr Drakeford.

"I think we have succeeded by voluntary measures, people doing the right thing," he added."If you move to compulsion, you may lose something that's been a strength of our approach."image copyrightimage captionCare home manager Lowrie Owen says all new employees will need to have the vaccine

Lowrie Owen, manager of Wylesfield Residential Care Home in Llandrindod Wells, said most of her staff "jumped at the chance" to have the vaccine."They realised how important it was to keep our residents safe," she told Radio Wales.

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Not yet they're banging on about a 3rd wave? I'm vaccinated. And was kicking down the door for it. However I hold that under long established consent and employment laws there is a right to refuse and it's not a stackable offence. So the only option may be to put staff who refuse a vaccine on furlough. Tbc

Forcing vaccines as the English government is proposing goes against a lot of consent and employment laws and will entrench anti-vax sentiment. 😳

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