England will introduce mandatory Covid-19 vaccination for NHS workers from April 1st of next year.
UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said today that the decision was taken following advice from officials and senior management within the NHS.
“I have concluded that all those working in the NHS and social care will have to be vaccinated,” he said.
“Across the UK the overwhelming majority of us have made the positive choice to accept the offer of vaccines against Covid-19, almost eight in every 10 people over the age of 12 have chosen to be double jabbed and over 10 million people have now received their boosters or third jabs.”
“The latest figures show that 90% of NHS staff have received at least two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, although in some trusts the figure is closer to 80%,” he continued.
The move will affect the thousands of unvaccinated staff working in the NHS.
Javid said the UK Government will not make the flu vaccine mandatory for NHS workers.
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