Shared Lives carers exempt from mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations 

Posted on Dec 20 2021

The White Paper released by the Department for Health and Social Care in December announced that Shared Lives carers are to be exempt from mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for frontline health and social care workers.  Following successful campaigning from Shared Lives Plus, the Department for Health and Social Care has stated in it’s released paper, “People […]


The White Paper released by the Department for Health and Social Care in December announced that Shared Lives carers are to be exempt from mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for frontline health and social care workers. 

Following successful campaigning from Shared Lives Plus, the Department for Health and Social Care has stated in it’s released paper, “People at the Heart of Care: adult social care reform white paper“, that Shared Lives carers are to be exempt from mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations, but will be compulsory for frontline health and social care workers. This development reflects the unique role that Shared Lives carers have in social care. The Welsh government also announced a decision on Tuesday about vaccinations, stating that that there is “no need” for compulsory jabs for health and social care staff in Wales.  

The new regulations mandating compulsory COVID-19 vaccinations will apply to health and social care workers who have direct, face-to-face contact with people while providing care – such as doctors, nurses, dentists and domiciliary care workers, unless they are exempt. The requirements will come into force in the spring, subject to the passage of the regulations through Parliament.  

Whilst ategi supports a pro human rights approach to vaccinations, we are also very much a pro vaccination organisation.  Data from UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) suggests the most effective way to protect yourself and others from hospitalisation is to ensure you’re up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations. Early results from Pfizer show that booster vaccinations restore protection back up to 95.6% against symptomatic infection. ategi’s policies aim to align in accordance with the law as set out by the Government, and we will continue to adapt to the ever-changing pandemic situation. At the moment there is a good uptake from staff and carers who have been fully vaccinated and we will continue to support and encourage our staff to stay up to date with their jabs and boosters, whilst respecting their right to choose. In particular, our frontline staff who are working face-to-face with the people we support, will need, under these guidelines to be vaccinated and get boosted.  

The health and safety of our staff and the people we support is of the utmost importance to us. Ategi strongly urge individuals to get the vaccine, when possible, to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.  

Find out where to get vaccinated here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site/