What are the changes to requirements for Covid vaccination?
Recent amendments to The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 (“the 2014 Regulations”) required all those over 18 years of age and who have direct, face to face contact with patients or service users for the purpose of the provision of a CQC regulation activity, to evidence that they had been vaccinated with a complete course of a Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved COVID-19 vaccine, subject to limited exceptions, by no later than 1 April 2022.
On 31 January 2022, the Secretary of State announced that this is being reconsidered and previous guidance regarding deployment of NHS staff from 1 April 2022 has been paused. The Government’s decision is subject to Parliamentary process and will require further consultation and a vote to be passed into legislation.
While previous guidance is currently paused, we strongly encourage students to be vaccinated.
I haven’t yet been vaccinated, what do I need to do?
Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, and others from the virus. Healthcare students, as future professionals, have a responsibility to protect patients, users of service, colleagues, their family, and themselves by getting vaccinated. We encourage you to book and appointment and be vaccinated.
You can book an appointment using this link
To maintain high levels of protection against severe COVID-19 disease booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines are recommended at least 3 months (12 weeks) after the initial 2 doses of vaccine. Students who have had the 2 primary doses of vaccine should arrange for their booster dose to ensure they are fully protected.
I’m not sure about whether to have the vaccine, where can I find out more information? What resources are available to support decision making about vaccination?
If you contract Covid or pass it onto anybody you and others can become seriously ill, die, or have long-term effects. Vaccination has also been proven to be highly effective in reducing the severity of illness and will help protect you, your family and those you care for.
Research has shown that vaccines help:
- reduce your risk of catching or spreading Covid-19
- reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from Covid-19
For more information on the vaccines available please go to Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines
There is lots of helpful information available on the NHS website which provides up to date facts about Covid-19 and the vaccination. You can of course talk to your GP, and universities will be having conversations with students and offering support.
There are some links to some useful resources below:
- COVID-19 vaccination programme
- What is in the vaccine and how does it work?
- Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection in Pregnancy
- Pregnancy, breastfeeding, fertility and coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination
- COVID-19 and vaccination FAQs
This Page was last updated on: 8 February 2022