Social care jab 'fudge' too late for tens of thousands sick with worry

15 Sep 2021
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The Governments social care vaccine ‘fudge’ has caused unnecessary stress and worry for tens of thousands of carers, says GMB Union. 

Rachel Harrison, GMB National Officer, said: 

“GMB has been calling on the Government to reverse their appalling decision to force vaccination on social care key workers from the start. 

“We warned it could cause a mass exodus in a sector already facing a 170,000 staffing black hole. 

“Now, at the eleventh hour, they’ve fudged it. It’s cowardly, incompetent and inhumane.” 

“More than 90% of social care workers have had their first vaccine - yet Ministers were pushing ahead despite calls for them to do more to address vaccine hesitancy amongst workers in the sector. 

“‘While today's guidance will provide clarity for some - it’s also come far too late in the day for carers who have spent months sick with stress, and many care workers will still be left worrying about being sacked.” 


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