NHS ‘considering mandatory vaccination for frontline staff’


Doctors have a ‘professional responsibility’ to get a Covid-19 vaccine and could face disciplinary action if they refuse one without a valid reason.

Although the government has said vaccination will not be mandatory for the general public, it has been reported that NHS executives have been considering making it a requirement for frontline health workers – following in the footsteps of many care homes that were starting to make vaccination a condition of employment.

Chief medical officer Chris Whitty has told health staff that they have a professional duty to be vaccinated and, according to a report in The Times, there is a “live debate” among NHS leaders about whether it should be mandatory.

The General Medical Council has said “doctors should be immunised against common serious communicable diseases unless medically contraindicated” and that “strong measures” should be put in place to protect patients where there are good reasons why a doctor cannot have the jab.

Likewise, the British Medical Association (BMA) has backed Chris Whitty’s position and agreed that health staff should be vaccinated unless they have a valid medical reason preventing them from doing so.

“We will continue to encourage uptake of vaccinations but any proposal for a contractual or regulatory requirement for healthcare workers to have a Covid-19 vaccine would require careful scrutiny to consider the legal and ethical implications,” said Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the BMA council.

NHS England has said it was right for Whitty to suggest that NHS staff have a professional responsibility to get vaccinated. Personnel Today has contacted it for further comment.

Last week, health secretary Matt Hancock revealed that just two-thirds of social care staff and four-fifths of NHS workers have received a vaccine, despite all employees in these groups having been offered the jab.

There has been much debate around whether making vaccination a condition of employment is legal and last week the justice secretary confirmed that employers can insist on new employees having the jab.

London-based Pimlico Plumbers has already said it would not hire new staff who had refused the vaccination on non-medical grounds, with founder Charlie Mullins stating that he’d been advised it was legal.

Care home operator Barchester Healthcare has also suggested that new hires should be vaccinated before starting work at the firm.

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21 Responses to NHS ‘considering mandatory vaccination for frontline staff’

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    John Mills 25 Feb 2021 at 8:49 am #

    This coercion goes against the Nuremberg Code.
    No one needs these experimental jabs for the WuFlu

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      Paul Ryan 28 Feb 2021 at 8:53 am #

      My brother needed care I expect all carers looking after people to be unnoculated against covid the same as these people would if there relatives were in hospital if they don’t want the jab they should get a different job

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        Elizabeth 3 Mar 2021 at 7:39 am #

        My body my choice
        This should be the FIRST and foremost guideline

        Yes I would still say the same even if my own son/husband/father were in hospital and no I would not refuse care if the nurse or doctor have not been vaccinated
        If you are so worried about covid YOU get the jab but leave other people’s bodies alone!

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          Scott Baer 9 Mar 2021 at 10:08 am #

          Bravo Elizabeth as was going to add my comment but you said it far more eloquently than I would have as people in general NEED to start researching the actual facts and not the Globalist Indoctrination….Research Fauci who is connected heavily with not only profiting from vaccinations but more terrifying is his connection to Bill and Melinda Gates and their DEPOPULATION agenda for planet Earth…

          I would have thought just a couple years ago, you were off your trolley had you stated anything like I just did but that was because of dependence on the Left’s Google manipulation…Duckduckgo will help massively as a search engine as not for either side but facts…Proof is in making comparisons…One example that will blow you away, look up Accomplishments of President Trump’s White House first on Google and then go to duckduckgo..Just one example but anything known to be from the left, you can find out the facts by going elsewhere other than Google and they are not the only one…I started investigating the search engines and are they bipartisan or blinded..

          Masks, social distancing, BLM, rigged elections and so much more WILL eventually be made available to everyone that researches facts and will be beyond angry at how easily they were manipulated…Think of all the families refused funerals, hospital visits, carehome visits, family get-togethers and so on…Hoping it will be revealed much sooner than later…

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        Phil C 3 Mar 2021 at 9:42 am #

        It doesn’t stop infection or spread so why on earth do they need to have it? It protects them against more severe infection but does absolutely nothing to prevent transmission of the disease to their patients. PPE is the only effective method. And we all know what a pig’s ear Hancock made of procuring enough of that.

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      giray 3 Apr 2021 at 1:03 pm #

      Those forced against their will need to make the NHS sign a contract that if they suffer severe side effects or death billions of pounds in compensation for them and or their families

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    A Toorish 25 Feb 2021 at 3:36 pm #

    When there is no evidence that the vaccine does not stop you getting or passing on the virus what are the benefits other than reducing symptoms and that is still debatable. Plus phase 3?trials are still ongoing and could you say that it comes under the emergency measures 12 months down the line . Personally I think not .

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    Amanda Harvey 26 Feb 2021 at 5:49 pm #

    Coercion to take what amounts to “vaccines” that are still on trial until 2023. Sure this infringes human rights and the Nuremberg Code. Can anyone be forced to be violated with experimental treatments that even the pharma company’s admit they do not know the medium to long term side effects?

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    Paul Ryan 28 Feb 2021 at 9:28 am #

    Pzizer vaccine stops you getting covid and passing it on it s a no brainer and ive had it and it’s an absolute releife that ime safe and the cost mers at work are safe I personally cannot believe even selfish people who only care about them self’s are not having a jab that had no sidebffects at all in me or my Jamaican can son in law who went online to tell his fellow jamaicans to have it and actually got people having a go who are in health care get the jab you’re be really happy and your saving the 🌎 like a super hero

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      SFreudenthal 8 Mar 2021 at 7:13 pm #

      I was born with an immune system. Funny, it’s worked perfectly for 48 years now. If it isn’t broken…..

      Go ahead and be that Super Hero and expose that immune system to something foreign. It’ll fight that mRNA jab too, with devastating effects.

      My father was a virologist for 40 years and this entire narrative goes against everything they’ve practiced since the beginning of time. By definition, this shot is not a vaccine. But, you can’t educate people unwilling to be educated.

      In a few days, months, years when the side effects start wreaking havoc, I hope you use your savings account to pay for your ignorance and not tax payer money.

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        Scott Baer 9 Mar 2021 at 9:35 pm #

        I have someone very close to me who is being constantly harassed at work for refusing to take the vaccine…She is very well educated on the side effects, what it’s made of and the many victims who have foolishly and eagerly put themselves into this virtual lion’s den..She is very well protected with the PPEs and yet the harassment continues…She is now understandably stressed about the security of her long term job, and unsure of who can help…She also has no doubt whatsoever in that they will not be manipulating her into having the vaccine…

        Sir, people like you who are obviously clued up are much appreciated at this time and can only hope you are one of millions left with common sense…Neither of us will get the vaccine and facts such as hundreds of pregnant women who did take the vaccine have tragically miscarried or gave birth to still borns should be enough to convince most..Disgraceful the world’s media refuses to air this info, and that is only one example…Many deaths immediately or within 2 weeks, but no doubt the government and media will claim SOMEHOW no connection should they ever be cornered live on air…This world has quickly gone upside down….

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          giray 3 Apr 2021 at 1:48 pm #

          She can talk to stopcommonpass or Big Brother Watch also see if a lawyer can draw up a contract to show her workplace that the workplace should guarantee her 100 percent from severe side effects or death and that in the rare event she suffers herself and her family will be compensated billions as she is taking the vaccine against her will

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      Josh 25 Mar 2021 at 6:19 pm #

      If you write with such grammar and punctuation after having the vaccine; then I absolutely am worried. I do not want this vaccine like the majority of sane people because I am not going to be apart of this government-set cult which has secretive adaptations made to for body and their cells.

      People are just sheep; they just follow eachother like the ‘Mexican Wave’ regardless of the impact and damage that it will cause later on.

      It’s worrying!

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    Yvonne Cosh 28 Feb 2021 at 6:10 pm #

    If it reduces the risk of death and serious illness which it already is proving this everyday it’s the only reason people need to take it what’s better getting a lower virus dose because your vaccinated or risking death because you aren’t it’s a no brainer

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    Samantha 3 Mar 2021 at 10:14 am #

    Fantastic idea, we already have a lack of care staff, now they want to force us to be injected with this rubbish? Instead of trying to force staff to have this jab, maybe start questioning why 200,000 care staff have refused it.

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      SFreudenthal 8 Mar 2021 at 7:17 pm #

      If the nurses and doctors refused, they wouldn’t be out of work for long….

      Can you imagine what the tyrants would do when no employees showed up for work? It’d take only a few hours for them to rethink that absurd requirement.

      People don’t fully understand the power in numbers.

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    J Samavat 21 Mar 2021 at 10:49 am #

    If you refuse the vaccine you are exercising your libertarian freedoms. However, it has to work both ways. If I’m in labour I reserve the right to refuse you entry to my birthing suite . No vaccine no entry. No body needs to resort to draconian force. But, the choice needs to work both ways

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      JoAnna 23 Mar 2021 at 11:30 pm #

      Blackmail is not a choice. Choice is when you actually can choose between two options eg. banana or grape, but if I say to you show me your boobs or you can not shop in my store is not a choice at all.

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        J Samavat 28 Mar 2021 at 10:06 am #

        It’s not blackmail you’ve still got a choice . I’m exercising my right to choose as well not to have my newborn and I unnecessarily exposed. Why should I not be allowed to choose not to be put at risk??

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    Helen V 23 Mar 2021 at 10:54 pm #

    I cannot believe the number of covidiots on here.
    Where are all these women who have miscarried been vaccinated. They were advised against vaccination because it had not been tested on them!!
    Thousands of people dying within 2 weeks of having the vaccination. Please supply the scientific facts and published papers on this.
    Your body your right. It’s my body and I have the right not to be infected by you. The vaccine does not give 100% protection. I’ve had to shield for nearly a year, so it’s only fair they bring in vaccine passports for people. It will not only be travel, but hairdressers, gyms, pubs, restaurants etc. You can then enjoy the life that millions of people have had to suffer

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    Josh 25 Mar 2021 at 6:22 pm #

    If you write with such grammar and punctuation after having the vaccine; then I absolutely am worried. I do not want this vaccine like the majority of sane people because I am not going to be apart of this government-set cult which has secretive adaptations made to the body and their cells.

    People are just sheep; they just follow eachother like the ‘Mexican Wave’ regardless of the impact and damage that it will cause later on.

    It’s worrying!

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