A list of stories and resources relating to Covid-19 vaccinations, looking at a variety of employment-related announcements and issues. Should employers encourage staff to be inoculated against coronavirus? What action can be taken if they refuse? We look at how vaccines are being rolled out by the NHS and privately and at how employee relations, rights and wellbeing are affected.

How might Covid-19 change occupational health?

There are undoubtedly still pandemic challenges ahead but are there lessons that OH can already begin to learn from 2020?...

Why the vaccine sprint may soon turn into a marathon

4 Mar 2021

The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccines has, so far, been a notable success story in what has been an extremely...

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Furlough one year on: How has the job retention scheme evolved?

3 Mar 2021

As employers absorb today’s budget announcements, many will be reflecting how – this time last year – caution and concern...

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Top 10 HR questions February 2021: Vaccination and IR35

1 Mar 2021

Can employers insist their staff have a coronavirus vaccination? What is IR35? Last month's big HR questions answered by XpertHR...

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Police Federation and teachers’ unions angry at vaccine priorities

26 Feb 2021

Disappointment for police and teachers as vaccine roll-out will continue to be on an age basis, not on occupations.

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Care UK to adopt ‘no jab, no job’ for new starters

25 Feb 2021

Care UK joins businesses such as Barchester Care and Pimlico Plumbers in insisting that all new employees get a Covid-19 jab before joining the company.

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NHS ‘considering mandatory vaccination for frontline staff’

24 Feb 2021

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

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Boris Johnson sets out roadmap for lockdown easing

22 Feb 2021

The government hopes to remove all restrictions from 21 June, potentially using testing to reduce risk.

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Is it enough to be Covid-secure?

22 Feb 2021

With restrictions possibly being reduced in the weeks and months to come, employers are turning their thoughts again to how...

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Vaccinations: What are the challenges for global employers?

19 Feb 2021

With vaccination approaches and availability differing between countries, what part can global organisations play in encouraging uptake and countering misinformation?

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‘No jab, no job’ recruitment is legal says justice secretary

18 Feb 2021

Justice secretary Robert Buckland has said only enlisting new staff once they had been inoculated was possible if it was written into their contracts.

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Third of social care workers haven’t had Covid jab

15 Feb 2021

A third of social care staff have not yet had a Covid-19 vaccine, despite government claims that everyone in the...

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Better information about Covid vaccines needed to encourage BAME uptake

12 Feb 2021

The black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) community needs better information explaining how Covid-19 vaccines are developed in order to...

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One in seven nurses yet to receive Covid-19 vaccine

9 Feb 2021

A survey of nursing staff by the Royal College of Nursing finds 15% have not had a vaccine and 78% still require a second dose.

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Pay care workers in full when sick, urges union

8 Feb 2021

Care workers are resorting to taking annual leave if they fall sick rather than be paid £96 a week statutory sick pay.

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