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by Claire Ball, HR Consultant
cball@employassisthr.co.uk | 0333 400 7920

COVID-19 vaccines are now being rolled out across the country depending on which of the categories you fall into. Many people are desperate to receive one in hope that they will gain some protection against the coronavirus.

On the other hand, some people are hesitant for a number of reasons, so are unsure whether they will be joining the queue for a vaccination.

As employers, you may feel that if all of your workforce has received the vaccine, you are playing your part in protecting not only your staff and organisation, but also society.

However, can you insist that all of your employees are vaccinated?

Ultimately, employers cannot force employees to have a vaccine against their wishes.

Some countries are looking at implementing a law to cover this, yet in the UK, you cannot legally insist that anyone must have a vaccination.

The Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 specifically states that members of the public should not be compelled to undergo any mandatory medical treatment – including vaccinations.

Under UK Law, a vaccination requires an individual’s informed and voluntary consent. Not complying with this could lead to a discrimination claim and end up at a tribunal.

Employees are protected by the Equality Act 2010, as there are a number of reasons that they may not want the vaccine, including religion, veganism, etc.

You should put measures in place to help your employees come to an informed decision. Provide a channel for them to ask questions and air any concerns.

At that point, please feel free to contact us on 0333 400 7920 or email enquiries@employassisthr.co.uk.

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