UK rights watchdog endorses compulsory Covid jabs for care home staff

EHRC says ministers right to make protecting life a priority despite ‘departure’ from health policy

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The prospect of care home workers being required to get vaccinated against Covid-19 has moved a step closer, with a crucial endorsement from the UK’s human rights watchdog.

Ministers are considering changing the law to make vaccination a condition of deployment for people in some professions that come into regular close contact with elderly and vulnerable people at high risk from the coronavirus.

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