To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of requiring covid-19 vaccinations in certain professions on participation in other vaccination programmes.
We do not expect the requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations in certain professions to impact other vaccination programmes. The Green Book sets out recommendations for the vaccinations which health care workers should receive before commencing employment. It recommends that healthcare workers should be up to date with all their routine immunisations and also sets out additional vaccinations health care workers should receive, depending on their role, which include BCG, hepatitis B, influenza and Varicella. It is the role of the employer to provide their employees with this information which is done through the employer’s occupational health service.