UK government to healthcare professionals: "professional responsibility" to get COVID vaccine

The UK's Department of Health and Social Care has written a letter to all unvaccinated NHS healthcare workers informing them of their "professional responsibility" to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Th letter conveys that this professional responsibility is "widely agreed by professional bodies, Colleges, regulators, and others."

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has issued a statement clarifying that they strongly encourage eligible individuals to be vaccinated but that refusal to be vaccinated is not in and of itself a basis for a Fitness to Practice referral.

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