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.