Sajid Javid actively looking at compulsory vaccines for NHS staff after spike in cases

Sajid Javid ‘looking at’ vaccine mandate for NHS staff

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Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he mindedto mandate NHS staff have two Covid jabs, saying that compulsory double vaccination for NHS staff is something that should be “actively” looked at. It came as the chancellor is to announce funding as this week to clear the backlog of people waiting for tests and scans, which has been worsened by the pandemic.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Sajid Javid said: “It’s something that we’ve consulted on.

“That consultation has just closed.

“We’ve yet to make the final decision but if you’re asking me is that something that I’m minded to do.

“Yes I am.”

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He went on: “Because I think that it is not only right for someone working in the NHS because naturally, they’re more likely to come into contact with COVID and indeed other viruses.

“But also for those they’re caring for your people are vulnerable in hospital.

“And I think just like many other countries throughout Europe have done this, I think it’s something that we should actively be looking at.”

The Health secretary said he is considering making the Covid-19 vaccine compulsory for NHS staff.

Staff in the social care sector already have to get jabbed in order to work.

Mr Javid said No 10 is “considering” making the vaccine mandatory for roughly 100,000 NHS staff.

He told Sky news: “We’ve yet to make a final decision, but I’m leaning towards doing it.”

It comes as the chancellor is set to announce 5.9 billions for NHS England as part of financial measures this week in bid to clear the backlog of those waiting for tests and scans.

However, NHS workers have a “mixed” view on mandatory vaccines for NHS workers.

Dr Layla McCay, the director of policy at the NHS Confederation told Times Radio: “We’ve spoken to our members about this, and it’s a bit of a mixed picture because most of them agree that in some ways, mandating the vaccine could be quite helpful to make sure that more people get the vaccine.

“But on the other hand, if some people decide they don’t want the vaccine that could lead to staff recruitment and retention problems and we’re going into this incredibly challenging winter.

“If we start to lose staff during this time that could be incredibly challenging, so it’s a real balance.”

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