Vaccines

Vaccines

We are sharing all updates relevant to housing associations that are coming from government on vaccines. Working with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), we have being able to prioritise housing association staff and residents throughout the pandemic.

For example, we successfully made the case for all public-facing housing association staff to be considered as part of the Phase 2 vaccination prioritisation process.

Revocation of compulsory vaccines

The government has announced it will bring forward regulations to revoke vaccination as a condition of deployment for all health and care settings:

  • The regulations will revoke the requirements that CQC registered persons and premises only permit those who are vaccinated against COVID-19, unless otherwise exempt, to be deployed for the provision of a CQC-regulated activity in health and/or social care, and to enter CQC registered care home premises.
  • Professional bodies and senior personnel in the health and care sector consider it a ‘professional responsibility’ to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus. The government has asked the professional regulators to review how this responsibility could be strengthened through their guidance.
  • The regulations for revocation will be drawn up shortly and will come into force from 15 March, providing certainty for employers, staff and patients ahead of the initially proposed deadline for vaccination (1 April).
  • The government has said they will continue to work with health and care partners on exploring the best ways to encourage vaccine take up.
  • National guidance that is issued jointly by DHSC, the respective public health agencies in the devolved nations, UKHSA and NHS England is a recommended resource. It details the infection prevention and control principles required to prevent transmission of Covid and other respiratory viruses.

Additional doses

The UK Health Security Agency has announced that people aged 75 years and older, elderly residents in care homes, and those with weakened immune systems will be offered a further booster of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine in spring 2022.

Appointments will be available from the National Booking Service shortly and will be offered within around six months from individuals’ last vaccine dose.

More details about booster vaccines can be found on the government website. Please let us know if you are experiencing any problems with staff, or have any questions about the rollout.

Resources and guidance

Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care have set up a campaign resource centre and produced information to encourage vaccine uptake that could be useful to providers.

Collecting vaccine information

Vaccine status is personal data which cannot be shared without consent because of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) principles. If your organisation is collecting vaccine status data, it is important to understand if this is being done officially or informally through everyday interactions, and why.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has useful information which can be used to remind housing associations of on what lawful basis they can process individuals’ coronavirus vaccination status and disclose it. The reasons for recording individuals’ vaccination status must be clear and necessary. If they cannot be specified, you are unlikely to be able to justify collecting, processing or disclosing it. Please also see the government’s guide to information sharing in relation to safeguarding for reference.

Who to speak to

Contact the team