The Daily Telegraph

Care workers in legal action against compulsory vaccine

- By Gabriella Swerling SOCIAL AFFAIRS EDITOR

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.”

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