NHS and Social Services: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th January 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will require health and care staff who are not vaccinated against covid-19 to wear FFP3 masks at work.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS England and NHS Improvement work with National Health Service trusts to ensure robust COVID-19 control measures and effective implementation of infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance. Measures including physical distancing, optimal hand hygiene, equipment and environment decontamination and the extended use of face masks by healthcare staff, patients and visitors, are continually reviewed.

Whether staff are vaccinated or unvaccinated, employers should always apply IPC guidance, Health and Safety Executive requirements, and 'How to work safely guidance' for adult social care to minimise to the risk to vulnerable service users. We continue to encourage all health and care staff to make the positive choice to receive the vaccinations, to protect those they care for.

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