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âEncouragement, not coercionâ when it comes to Covid-19 vaccination for health and social service workers is the best approach, Unite the Union said today.
Unite, who has 100,000 members in the health service, commented on reports the government is about to announce that healthcare workers must have 16 weeks to receive the jab – or risk being redeployed away from primary care line, or even lose their jobs.
Unite Deputy General Secretary Gail Cartmail said: âUnite strongly opposes forcing health and social service workers to get vaccinated or risk sacrificing their jobs. Encouragement, not compulsion, is the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the very good reason that such an approach is effective. “
Unite has already submitted its response to the consultation of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs to make vaccination a condition of deployment in retirement homes for the elderly.
In the submission, the union said: ‘Unite believes that all Covid-19 vaccination and testing regimes in the UK should be voluntary and not mandatory. Coercion is a very poor way to get a high level response, will lead to increased resistance, worsening the staff crisis and is intertwined with issues such as equality, human rights, privacy and ethical violations.
âSocial workers are among the most exploited and vulnerable in the economy, many working with precarious contracts such as agencies or zero-hour agreements, meaning many lack access to basic protections. occupational health such as sick pay or sufficient PPE.