Mandatory vaccinations in care homes briefing

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch North Yorkshire and Healthwatch York wanted to understand the likely impact of the introduction of mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for care home staff and volunteers.  They spoke to 16 homes across the area.

The responses they gathered indicated an ambivalence amongst the sector, with those that welcome it on one side, whilst a greater number who are worried about its impact and to some extent angry at the policy. Healthwatch heard of the fear that this new legislation will have significant impact on the ability of the sector to recruit, a situation that is already difficult. People also felt that the legislation is unfair in its application as it is didn’t not apply to health workers at the time the research was carried out.

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General details

Report title 
Mandatory vaccinations in care homes briefing
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch North Yorkshire
Healthwatch York
Date of publication 
Friday, 17 September, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Sunday, 1 August, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Tuesday, 31 August, 2021
Key themes 
Health protection
Service delivery organisation and staffing
Staff attitudes

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
Structured interview
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Social care services 
Nursing care home
Residential care home

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Care / support workers
Service manager
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.