National guidance outlining the new requirement that mandates the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment for all healthcare workers was issued by NHS England and NHS Improvement on 6 December 2021 and will come into effect on 1 April 2022. Unvaccinated staff will need to have had their first dose by 3 February 2022, to have received their second dose by the deadline.

Mersey Care as an NHS organisation must comply with this legislation. We are not alone in this, it’s something that all health and social care providers across public, independent and private sectors are facing. We want to approach it in the right way, together. We’re working closely with staff side colleagues and plan to bring you updates on this every week.

We are working hard to ensure we have all vaccination details accurately recorded. We will make direct contact, by letter to your home address, to all those who according to our records have not had both doses of the vaccine. If you have already received the vaccine and our records are incorrect, you will need to provide evidence through your NHS COVID pass. Further information as to how to do this will be included in the letter.

As part of the new legislation introduced by Government with effect from 1 April 2022, we needed to understand and record the vaccination status of individual colleagues. We are currently reporting the Trust’s vaccination position using staff vaccinations data from our local vaccination data and the NIMS system (a national system that contains all COVID-19 vaccination information within England).

For information about the how Mersey Care uses any information you give to us, and the way we protect your privacy and our privacy notice for mandatory vaccinations can be found on our website.

We are aware and appreciate that some colleagues have chosen not to have the COVID-19 vaccine for various reasons. We want to continue to support our colleagues, showing civility and respect, and help them to make an informed decision. There is plenty of  evidence and supporting information  available or please seek additional support and advice, where necessary, to enable you to make an informed choice.

If you have any questions that are not covered in the Q&As please email: Mandatoryvaccinations@merseycare.nhs.uk

If you need any additional support during this time please remember that staff support is available via 0151 330 8103 (Switch House) or 01925 664 010 (Hollins Park House) or through the Cheshire and Merseyside Resilience Hub.