The Daily Telegraph
Care workers in legal action against compulsory vaccine
CARE HOME workers have launched legal action against the Government over its mandatory vaccination policy.
All care home staff are required to have received their first dose of a Covid vaccine by this Thursday so they are fully vaccinated by the time the regulations come into force on Nov 11.
However, by the Department for Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) own estimates, around 40,000 carers – 7 per cent of the workforce – will refuse the jab, meaning that managers will be forced to sack them.
Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, is facing legal action over the introduction of mandatory vaccine policies for care workers, which claimants describe as an “unlawful and unnecessary restriction”.
Two care workers are seeking a judicial review, which is crowdfunded and bankrolled by Simon Dolan, a freedomof-choice campaigner, who said that the review, if successful, “will protect the livelihoods and freedoms” of tens of thousands of care workers.
He said: “It should not be the case that the Government can intervene into the lives of the general public and dictate what medical procedures they do or do not have.”
A DHSC spokesman said: “Our message is clear: vaccines save lives and it is our responsibility to do everything we can to reduce the risk for vulnerable people in care homes.”