Coronavirus » Vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) for healthcare workers: frequently asked questions
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What is UNISON’s stance on vaccines?
UNISON supports vaccination in health and social care. The vaccine is safe, and we encourage all members who do not have a medical exemption to get their jab. But vaccination should be your decision and the UK government should promote persuasion and reassurance. We have made arguments that this will result in people leaving health and care jobs, putting pressure on already stretched services. UNISON remains extremely concerned about the impact that the VCOD policy will have on numbers of staff leaving the NHS.
We have raised, and continue to raise, these concerns with policy makers and politicians. There is even now work being done on who is in scope.
Vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) for health and care workers (England) Frequently Asked Questions | health news | News | UNISON National
What is ‘Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment’? In late 2021, new regulations were agreed by parliament making it unlawful for an employer delivering CQC regulated activities, to deploy an unvaccinated worker in a face-to-face role from 1st April 2022. In the NHS, these new rules are commonly referred to as Vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD).
More detailed advice for reps. https://www.unison.org.uk/news/article/2022/01/vaccination-as-a-condition-of-deployment-vcod-in-england-unison-branch-advice/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Health%20News%2019%20January%202022&utm_source=Health%20Care&utm_content=Find%20out%20more