Employers should continue to follow pre-existing requirements as outlined in the Work Health Assessment Standard.
Where staff already employed within the organisation are redeployed to another site or are taking on additional duties, employers should check information currently held about them on ESR or NHS Smart Card, to ensure there is no unnecessary duplication of checks or requirements for immunisations/vaccinations. Further consideration may be required to ensure reasonable adjustments can be considered, where strictly necessary to enable them to do any new or additional duties.
Employers will need to refer to the Department of Health’s Green Book to determine which vaccinations are required for different healthcare workers.
Further information relating to infectious diseases and their prevention can also be found on the NICE website.
It will be critical during this time to ensure any new recruits understand local procedures and know how to report and seek support if they should become unwell, especially while working in pandemic conditions.