Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England, has advised all medical and care workers that they have a ‘professional responsibility’ to take up the Covid-19 vaccine to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the people they care for as well as themselves and their colleagues. Signature completely echoes his views as we see our employee vaccination programme as pivotal in meeting our Health and Safety obligations to all our stakeholders (residents, families, employees, visitors etc). Increasing evidence shows that the Covid-19 vaccine reduces both the severity of infection and the transmissibility of the virus.
Signature’s position therefore is that all employees who are eligible for vaccination should have the Covid-19 vaccine and commit to maintaining their ongoing immunisation status.
Summary Points from the Signature Covid-19 Vaccination Policy
- Signature’s policy sets out our position, and expectations around vaccinations for Covid-19
- The policy applies to all ‘resident facing staff’ which is defined as any employee who is required to work within one of our care homes, however infrequently
- In launching this Covid-19 vaccination policy we recognise that there are some ‘case specific’ situations whereby an individual cannot receive the vaccination. For example, some employees have medical conditions that prevent vaccination (where supported by relevant evidence from their GP)
- The impact of Covid-19 on our residents creates a real (legitimate) need to take significant (proportionate) steps to protect them
- Signature Senior Lifestyle believe that the Covid-19 vaccine is pivotal to ensuring that our Health and Safety obligations to residents, colleagues, families and visitors to our homes are met
- Our position is that all employees that can have the vaccine should have the vaccine and commit to maintaining their immunisation status
- Employees who refuse to take the vaccine may not be eligible to receive full pay in the event that they test positive for Covid-19. In this instance the employee may be eligible for statutory sick pay only.
- Employees who refuse to take the vaccine may, by their decision, make themselves unable to meet their health and safety obligations which would put residents, colleagues and visitors at risk
- As a result of the risk to Health and Safety, Signature reserves the right to permit only employees who have taken the opportunity to be vaccinated to remain in resident facing roles. For the avoidance of doubt this means we may determine that employees choosing not to vaccinate may not be able to take up shifts while unvaccinated.
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