Snap Care’s Vaccination Recruitment Policy – an update

Mandatory Vaccinations

01/2/2022: An update following the government’s announcement they will be reviewing this policy.

As many of you will have seen or read, the continued implementation of Regulations requiring mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations of staff who work in a CQC facility or who undertake “regulated activities” in a service user’s own home has been paused as of 31 January 2022 and will now be subject to a fresh government consultation. 

The proposed deadline of 1 April 2022 is no longer applicable.

At this stage, we do not know what the outcome of this fresh consultation will be; for example, it may be that the government will push ahead with legislation, or it may abandon mandating vaccines and adopt a guidance-based approach. 

Whilst we await the next steps, we recommend case managers/clients pause the gathering of vaccination status data and vaccination discussions with staff. 

This is not to say that vaccinate status may not have an impact on continued employment for those carrying out caring based roles; it is just that at this time, we await clarity from the government, CQC and from individual Trusts about how they want to proceed.

Mandatory Coronavirus Vaccinations

19/01/2022

In line with new government regulations, we have the following update which is applicable for all candidates applying for any of our vacancies in England. We are committed to supporting these guidelines to help protect our clients’ health and well-being.

New amendments to the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) (No. 2) Regulations 2022 (“the Regulations”) make it a mandatory condition for all care workers working in face-to-face contact with service users (including in the service user’s own home) to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19/ Coronavirus from 1 April 2022 (unless one of the specified exemptions as set out in the Regulations applies to them).

Whether you are considered “fully vaccinated” will depend on the approved vaccination type you received.  For those who received the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/Biontec or Moderna vaccinations this currently means 2 doses, but this could be extended to include booster dose(s) in the future. For some other vaccination brands, 3 doses are required.  

Unfortunately, as a result, we will no longer be able to extend job offers to candidates who do not meet the requirements of the Regulations or who do not fall within one of the specified exemptions. 

Please expect to be asked about your vaccination status during the recruitment process. We invite you to discuss with us if you are unvaccinated and believe an exemption applies to you.

Any job offers will be conditional on the successful candidate providing satisfactory proof of either their vaccinated or exempt status.

Any information provided about your vaccine or health status will be handled in accordance with our Data Privacy Notice for Recruitment Candidates, which is available on request.

Please note: While we endeavour to ensure information is up to date, government advice and requirements around this matter are subject to change, sometimes with limited notice.

If you have any questions about the information in this article, please feel free to contact us: info@snapcare.co.uk

With thanks to Jessica Clough from Boyes Turner for providing this information.

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