09/03/2021. Covid Vaccination Policy.
In an earlier article (Link: can an employer force an employee to be vaccinated) we suggested that employers will be able to encourage employees to have the vaccine, but not force them – probably with a few limited industry exceptions with an existing contractual right to require vaccinations, the care sector being an obvious one.
Since publishing that article nearly 3 months ago, not much has changed with this opinion, though the subject has remained hot in the press. A vaccinated workforce seems a palatable prospect for employers, and as lockdown approaches and (normally) office-based employees start contemplating a return, employers may want to consider establishing a vaccine policy for their premises, to cover not just employees, but all regular visitors.
Dispelling the myths
The purpose of the policy is to explain in factual terms what the vaccine is about, and that will include information about the vaccine’s contents – the fact that there are no animal fats, animal products or egg, the fact that the World Health Organisation has approved the UK’s chosen vaccines, and that people taking them won’t get covid from the vaccine.
The policy should also set out what the employer is prepared to do to assist employees in attending appointments – whether time off for the purpose is paid, and what would happen in those seemingly very rare cases where an employee suffers side effects.
Tailored to each employer
In common with all policies there are options for employers, and our myHRdept HR consultants will be happy to help you work through these. The Covid Vaccination Policy is available free to any retained myHRdept client – contact us from the links below, and we’ll be in touch to create a policy for you.