Care home workers ‘will be legally required to get coronavirus vaccine’

Care home workers will be required by law to have a coronavirus vaccination under plans reportedly approved by Boris Johnson.

The prime minister and health secretary Matt Hancock have agreed to put forward legislation in order to protect vulnerable residents, according to a government paper leaked to the Daily Telegraph.

However it is not clear from the document, submitted to the “Covid O” subcommittee of Cabinet, whether staff would lose their jobs if they refuse or whether exemptions will apply.

The controversial move is being examined as part of a review of so-called ‘Covid status certificates”, which Boris Johnson had originally rejected as “discriminatory”.

Mr Hancock said last month that some home owners were pressing the government to act because of the low uptake of vaccines among staff.

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