Vaccinations to be made compulsory for frontline NHS staff

It has been announced that frontline NHS staff in England will be expected to get vaccinated, similar to all care workers being required. The health secretary may set a deadline for around April 2022 for the remaining 80-100,000 NHS workers to get their vaccinations. After parliamentary approval, it will likely take 12 weeks to come into effect.

More than 93% of NHS frontline staff have had their first dose and 90% are fully vaccinated which is higher than the general working-age population, where about 81% have had both doses. There are concerns that it could lead to issues with an NHS that’s already understaffed, and lead to low staff morale.

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