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On 9 November, The Rt Hon. Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, announced that all healthcare professionals in England, working within NHS or social care settings regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

In his statement, the Secretary of State said vaccination against Covid-19 would help "protect patients in the NHS, protect colleagues in the NHS and, of course, protect the NHS itself".

It is expected that the vaccination requirement will become mandatory from April 2022.

Once mandated, a chiropractor employed or commissioned to work within the NHS or any care settings regulated by the CQC must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, unless they have specific health exemptions.  

It will be for NHS employers to lead on implementing this policy.

The GCC urges all chiropractors to get their Covid-19 and flu vaccinations at the earliest opportunity, unless medically exempt, and encourage other members of their team to be vaccinated. For health and social care workers, getting vaccinated protects patients and the public, particularly the vulnerable, the individual, their families, and colleagues.

Currently, the Scottish Government and Welsh Government have not proposed making Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for NHS or social care employees. There is to be a public consultation around introducing mandatory Covid-19 vaccines in Northern Ireland.