• 21 June 2021
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Will Compulsory Vaccination Increase Resistance Amongst Health And Social Care Workers?

  • Matt Farrah
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Will Compulsory Vaccination Increase Resistance Amongst Health And Social Care Workers?

Staff working in care homes in England will be required by law to have their COVID-19 vaccination, according to Government sources.

In addition, a consultation will be launched on making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for all NHS staff in England.

Making COVID vaccination compulsory means the 1.5million people working in social care will be required to have the jab within 16 weeks or potentially face losing their jobs.

Fears are that this could impact recruitment and retention in social care at a time when it is already suffering a severe staff shortage.

This decision is the result of a consultation initiated by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). It concluded mandatory vaccination would help protect the most vulnerable groups in society, of which care home residents are an obvious part.

Given those most vulnerable to COVID have already been vaccinated by and large, is there any moral or medical justification for mandating vaccination for care workers? Comment 💬 Like ❤️ Reply 🙂 below.

Government ministers are reportedly concerned about the lower take-up of the vaccine amongst care workers.

However, the RCN, in their response to the consultation in question, warned that compulsory vaccinations could cause significant difficulties in a sector that has struggled for some time to recruit adequate numbers.

Nadra Ahmed, Chair of the National Care Association, in an interview with TalkRadio, expressed concern about recruitment retention issues resulting from the decision to make COVID vaccinations mandatory. She worried that increased staff shortages could lead to unsafe care conditions and would prefer the government concentrates its focus on the social care reform agenda.

Do you agree that the Government would be better off addressing the systemic weaknesses and critical difficulties of the social care system through delivering their social care reform package?

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The RCN is on record as opposing compulsory vaccination, even for flu. Their website reads:

‘The RCN believes all health and social care staff should have the COVID-19 vaccination to help protect themselves, their patients and their friends and family.

However, we do not believe making vaccination compulsory is the right approach.’

If the soon to be launched consultation regarding mandatory vaccination for NHS workers comes down in favour, as is likely, would the RCN be right to maintain its current position?

A survey of nearly 2000 health and social care workers, led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in collaboration with the RCN, NHS Race and Health Observatory and Public Health England, showed those who felt under greater pressure from their employers to receive the vaccine were more likely to decline it.

The survey, conducted in April this year, found that staff feeling pressurised negatively affected their relationships at work and eroded trust. This erosion often aggravated vaccination concerns and led to a hardening of positions around declining the vaccine.

Do you think that the Government, by making vaccination mandatory, may actually defeat their own purpose? If sufficient numbers of care workers prefer to leave the industry rather than take the jab, how will the Government address what will then be an acute shortage of care workers?

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Helen Donovan, RCN Professional Lead for Public Health, said: "We are proud to have worked on this important [survey]…[the] evidence shows there are better ways to improve vaccine uptake in staff who have concerns than mandating them. These include support from experienced peers who we know instil confidence in their colleagues.”

She added: “Being vaccine hesitant doesn’t mean people will never get the vaccine which is why supportive conversations are also key.”

To what extent do you think compulsory vaccination will reinforce peoples’ refusal to have the vaccine? And how effective will compulsion prove to be compared to a campaign of information and support?

Let us know what you think in the comments. Will this hardening of positions lead to an exodus of social care staff from the industry?

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  • Matt Farrah
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I studied English before moving into publishing in the mid 90s. I co-founded Nurses.co.uk and our other three sites in 2008. I wanted to provide a platform that gives a voice to those working in health and social care. I'm fascinated, generally, by the career choices we all make. But I'm especially interested in the stories told by those who choose to spend their life supporting others. They are mostly positive and life-affirming stories, despite the considerable challenges and burdens faced.

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  • Matt Farrah
    Co-Founder

I studied English before moving into publishing in the mid 90s. I co-founded Nurses.co.uk and our other three sites in 2008. I wanted to provide a platform that gives a voice to those working in health and social care. I'm fascinated, generally, by the career choices we all make. But I'm especially interested in the stories told by those who choose to spend their life supporting others. They are mostly positive and life-affirming stories, despite the considerable challenges and burdens faced.

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    • melissa gettings one month ago
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    • melissa gettings
      one month ago

      Very interesting read Matt, there’s obviously some very strong feelings around this vaccine. A topic that needs to be approached ... read more

    • Keith Trebilcock one month ago
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    • Keith Trebilcock
      one month ago

      For a supposedly caring profession their is a lot of nastiness on here. There reasons people are not having the ... read more

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      • Thanks Keith.

        Replied by: Matt Farrah
    • Mike White one month ago
      Mike White
    • Mike White
      one month ago

      Freedom of choice: body autonomy. It is a criminal offence under the Theft Act 1968 section 21 to be blackmailed ... read more

      • Thanks Mike. I can't remember an article that generated so much strong feeling(including, even, ones about pay!)Ireally appreciate all the responses.

        Replied by: Matt Farrah

        They do not use Ivermectin for the only reason that Dr. Lawrie on e- ,The Evidence-Based Medicine Consultancy Ltd site. This drug has been used in Romania, I mean the veterinary variant, since I know ... read more

        They do not use Ivermectin for the only reason that Dr. Lawrie on e- ,The Evidence-Based Medicine Consultancy Ltd site. This drug has been used in Romania, I mean the veterinary variant, since I know myself. I am glad that you mentioned it, Mike.
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        Replied by: Anamaria Negoita

        I am curently looking for a job and 7 out of 10 recruiters I have applied with advised me to get the covid vaccine done if I want a job in healthcare. I told them that I do my LFD test twice a week, a... read more

        I am curently looking for a job and 7 out of 10 recruiters I have applied with advised me to get the covid vaccine done if I want a job in healthcare. I told them that I do my LFD test twice a week, as my university provides me with tests, but they did not care. It is like nobody wants to use their brain since Death is mentioned iminently. Nurses should use their emotional intelligence too, and stop thinking that not getting their vaccine would put the patients at risk. A vaccinated person could still contact Covid or something else and pass it to the others which, wheter are vaccinated or not, they could still die from it.
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    • Mike White one month ago
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    • Mike White
      one month ago

      To all my nursing colleagues I am truly saddened by some of discussions on this thread. We are meant to ... read more

      • Thanks again Mike. A measured reply.

        Replied by: Matt Farrah

        They do not use Ivermectin for the only reason that Dr. Lawrie on e- , The Evidence-Based Medicine Consultancy Ltd site. This drug has been used in Romania, I mean the veterinary variant, since I know... read more

        They do not use Ivermectin for the only reason that Dr. Lawrie on e- , The Evidence-Based Medicine Consultancy Ltd site. This drug has been used in Romania, I mean the veterinary variant, since I know myself. I am glad that you mentioned it, Mike.
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        Replied by: Anamaria Negoita

        I also have witnessed(working on an emergency ambulance)and read so many testimonies about heart and blood conditions following the administration of covid vaccines and these make me keep up with my d... read more

        I also have witnessed(working on an emergency ambulance)and read so many testimonies about heart and blood conditions following the administration of covid vaccines and these make me keep up with my decision against being vaccinated more than ever. My son(27 years old)chose to have the vaccines just because his mother-in-low(which is obese and takes lots of different meds for different conditions)had pneumonia and covid and was admitted in hospital. I could not have him advised do not have it because it is his choice. Therefore, I will not tolerate an advice or any coercion to have this in my body for a fake reason brought up by manipulated people.
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    • Maoliosa Kitchen one month ago
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    • Maoliosa Kitchen
      one month ago

      I believe we should do no harm Get the vaccination Don’t spread covid We need to lead by example

    • Nancy Dickson-Fisher one month ago
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    • Nancy Dickson-Fisher
      one month ago

      It should be compulsory for all healthcare workers. And to the silly person that has stated it alters your DNA, ... read more

      • Hi Nancy. May I just make a correction here. Your reply does not relate to my post, I am not Collette!! Perhaps you might like to reread my post and review your reply. Thank you.

        Replied by: Elizabeth Hudson

        Agree with you, Nancy. My duty of care is to look after our patients, not to fight to make the vaccine compulsory. Can I just ask you? Do you still believe that Covid-19 came from a bat or a different... read more

        Agree with you, Nancy. My duty of care is to look after our patients, not to fight to make the vaccine compulsory. Can I just ask you? Do you still believe that Covid-19 came from a bat or a different sort of animal?
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        Replied by: Anamaria Negoita

        Unfortunately I do not seem able to reply directly to people, hence why I put her name in my post, so that you were aware I was replying to her and not you. And to answer the other person, I don’t kno... read more

        Unfortunately I do not seem able to reply directly to people, hence why I put her name in my post, so that you were aware I was replying to her and not you. And to answer the other person, I don’t know for sure where the virus came from, how could I? But yes it seems very reasonable that it came from the wet markets in China, as have many other viruses that have wreaked havoc around the world
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    • Kim Leggett one month ago
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    • Kim Leggett
      one month ago

      I disagree that they should be compulsory, they can not afford to loose anymore nurses and health care workers. People ... read more

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    • Mandy Thomas one month ago
      Mandy Thomas
    • Mandy Thomas
      one month ago

      I disagree with the government making the covid vaccine mandatory for staff in care homes. It should be a personal ... read more

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    • Elizabeth Hudson one month ago
      Elizabeth Hudson
    • Elizabeth Hudson
      one month ago

      I agree that, just as other vaccinations are compulsary in health care the Covid vaccination shoud be no different. As ... read more

      • ‘Why is this any different ‘ ? I’m stunned that any healthcare professional would have to ask such a question ! But to enlighten you, on what you’ve most likely already put into your body; this vaccin... read more

        ‘Why is this any different ‘ ? I’m stunned that any healthcare professional would have to ask such a question ! But to enlighten you, on what you’ve most likely already put into your body; this vaccine is GENE therapy(unlike ANY of the other vaccines you mentioned)it’s nothing to do with dormant virus etc it’s altering your MRNA which is the messenger system for your DNA ! This cannot be removed once your body has spread it to produce toxic spike proteins in your brain & other organs . This vaccine is also EXPERIMENTAL which means they have NO CLUE about the long-term effects !! This has NO similarities to the other mandatory vaccines currently in healthcare whatsoever!!
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        Replied by: Colette Boylan

        Colette I am astounded that a registered nurse would believe such nonsense. It has nothing to do with YOUR DNA, it alters the RNA of the VIRUS! If you are this badly informed then maybe you should not... read more

        Colette I am astounded that a registered nurse would believe such nonsense. It has nothing to do with YOUR DNA, it alters the RNA of the VIRUS! If you are this badly informed then maybe you should not be a nurse!
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        Replied by: Nancy Dickson-Fisher

        Nancy ... I’d never ever be so vicious as to state someone(esp a stranger)should not be a Nurse ! How very unkind of you ... I also NEVER stated it altered DNA !! I don’t have discussions with people ... read more

        Nancy ... I’d never ever be so vicious as to state someone(esp a stranger)should not be a Nurse ! How very unkind of you ... I also NEVER stated it altered DNA !! I don’t have discussions with people who spit poison instead of addressing the discussion at hand either so won’t entertain your unjustified venom any further ... please try to be kind as you never know what someone is going through !!
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    • Anamaria Negoita one month ago
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    • Anamaria Negoita
      one month ago

      I am refractory when it comes to get these vaccines done because there is not enough evidence supporting the benefit ... read more

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      • There is plants of evidence showing the efficacy and benefits of this vaccine. No-one can be sure that they will die from Covid, as no-one will know if they will die form Hep B(much less likely than d... read more

        There is plants of evidence showing the efficacy and benefits of this vaccine. No-one can be sure that they will die from Covid, as no-one will know if they will die form Hep B(much less likely than dying from Covid)yet all healthcare workers happily get their Hep B vaccine, which is mandatory. You have a duty of care to your patients and you are bound to do them no harm, by the NMC code, including by omission. You are putting your patients t risk if you do not have the vaccine. It’s all very simple really!
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    • Milena Zhelyzkova one month ago
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    • Milena Zhelyzkova
      one month ago

      I am completely against the mandatory vaccination for covid or influenza. First, it violates my human rights within the meaning of ... read more

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      • Hep B vaccine is compulsory, yet have you screamed that it violates your human rights? These are not experiments on humans, the volunteers willingly had the vaccine to save your life! You are one of t... read more

        Hep B vaccine is compulsory, yet have you screamed that it violates your human rights? These are not experiments on humans, the volunteers willingly had the vaccine to save your life! You are one of the groups most at risk from this terrible virus, if you don’t want to protect yourself and your patients you shouldn’t be a nurse!
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    • Oana Buinceanu one month ago
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    • Oana Buinceanu
      one month ago

      Hi, I enjoyed working all those years as a nurse, but if the vaccine will become compulsory, I will quit ... read more

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      • If that how you feel then quit nursing, the profession does t need you!

        Replied by: Nancy Dickson-Fisher

        I am totally with you on this and they will loose a lot of good nurses ! My body, my decision !!!

        Replied by: Mandy Thomas
    • Colette Boylan one month ago
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    • Colette Boylan
      one month ago

      I’ve never been more furious in my life !! I will not be BULLIED into having a vaccine that’s experimental ... read more

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      • Colette it does not alter your DNA, it’s the RNA of the virus that it affects. I suggest you watch the Horizon programme about the race to find a vaccine, there you will see and hear all the scientifi... read more

        Colette it does not alter your DNA, it’s the RNA of the virus that it affects. I suggest you watch the Horizon programme about the race to find a vaccine, there you will see and hear all the scientific information you need. If you would rather leave nursing than get vaccinated, then go ahead, we don’t need nurses that are so uninformed
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        Replied by: Nancy Dickson-Fisher

        Colette, in your earlier post you states ‘it alters your RNA’ no it does not, I’m sorry if you are offended but I am so fed up with reading nonsense about this vaccine, and to be honest I expected so ... read more

        Colette, in your earlier post you states ‘it alters your RNA’ no it does not, I’m sorry if you are offended but I am so fed up with reading nonsense about this vaccine, and to be honest I expected so much more form my nursing colleagues, who SHOULD know better!
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    • Deborah Phillips one month ago
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    • Deborah Phillips
      one month ago

      It is against our Human Rights to force any injection on anybody, I cannot see how they can make it ... read more

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      • But Hep B is compulsory! You accepted that when you became a nurse, what about your duty of care to your patients? After all they are the reason we became nurses, or have you forgotten that?

        Replied by: Nancy Dickson-Fisher

        And it’s not a test shot for you, it was tested by thousand of volunteers, who obviously care more about their fellow man than you do, you should be ashamed!

        Replied by: Nancy Dickson-Fisher

        Nancy, I think your attack on other professionals in this feed is disgraceful. We are all entitled to an opinion and just because it is not the same as yours it does not give you the right to insult o... read more

        Nancy, I think your attack on other professionals in this feed is disgraceful. We are all entitled to an opinion and just because it is not the same as yours it does not give you the right to insult others. From your responses you are part of the problem and your responses indicate you are a bully and I really hope you do not act like this with your colleagues in your department. This toxic shot is a TRIAL, the CDC and the WHO have that written on their web sites. More is emerging about the side effects and the full data will not be available until 2023. It is also very different from the Hep B jab. I would suggest you go away and do some proper research on this jab, for a virus that has a 98.8% survival rate. If you think you want to reply with insults don't bother its very unprofessional.
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        Replied by: Deborah Phillips