Covid LIVE: Announcement on new rules TODAY – chaos looms as 110K NHS staff NOT jabbed

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NHS worker clashes with host over coronavirus vaccinations

A deadline will be set for next spring for about 110,000 of more than 1.4 million healthcare workers who have not yet had a first Covid jab. The move follows a consultation that began in September considering whether Covid and flu jabs should be compulsory. Thursday will also mark the deadline for care home workers in England to be vaccinated.

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‘Persuasion’ should be used instead of ‘mandatory vaccines’, says expert

A health expert has said it is wrong to “leap to the law” by brining in mandatory vaccines instead of persuading NHS workers to get jabbed

Unison head of health Sara Gorton said “persuasion, conversation, peer group support” should be used to increase vaccine rates. 

She described the move to bring in mandatory vaccinations as “really risky”, saying that it could have “really, really difficult consequences for the NHS in what we know is going to be a really difficult winter”.

MP tests positive for Covid

Northern Ireland Secretary and MP for Great Yarmouth Brandon Lewis has tested positive for coronavirus. 

Mr Lewis announced the news on Twitter saying he “thanks to the vaccine” he only has “mild symptoms”. 

He added that he is following self-isolation rules “and will continue to do so in line with Government regulations”. 

Losing NHS staff would be a ‘real problem’

NHS Providers chief executive, Chris Hopson has said that mandatory vaccination could result in a rise in the take-up of jobs, if approached the right way. 

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “If we get it right, actually, it could be quite a useful spur in some senses to drive the take-up up, but the bit that we just need to be careful of, as I said, is avoiding scapegoating people.”

He also warned that losing a “significant number of staff” would be a “real problem”.

He said: “The problem for both social care and the NHS is we run these systems incredibly hot on very, very fine margins.

“We are completely reliant on our staff to … work extra shifts in order to do the work that needs to be done.

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