The Daily Telegraph

Carers’ ‘loophole’ chance to claim vaccine exemption

- By Lizzie Roberts

CARERS can self-certify they are exempt from the Covid vaccine, it has emerged, on the eve of the deadline for them to receive their first dose.

All staff in registered care homes in England must be vaccinated from Nov 11, unless medically exempt.

This means the cut-off to receive their first dose is today.

In a letter from the Department of Health dated yesterday, first revealed by ITV News, companies were told “workers who are exempt will need to sign the form attached to this letter and give this to their employer as proof of their temporary exemption status”.

Mike Padgham, director of the Independen­t Care Group, said the Government appears to have opened a “loophole” for staff unprepared to get jabbed.

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