Extension of the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 to the Health and Disability Sector and the Education Sector


On 11 October 2021, the Government announced that the Health and Disability sector and Education sector are going to be covered by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021.  We are waiting on the details of the Order but what we know from the Government Press Release is that:

While the announcement raised a lot of questions, it has also provided a number of answers to the questions employers in these sectors have been grappling with.  Those in the sector have been fielding questions from parents and families and have been trying to navigate the fine lines between health and safety, personal autonomy and individual rights.

As we wait for the exact wording of the updated Order, our key advice is: do not make rash decisions.  Please remember your employment rights and obligations still exist.  An employer who is relying on the mandate still needs to consult with workers as to what this means for them and their workplace, and follow a fair and reasonable process in the event a person chooses not to be vaccinated (and is not covered by an exception under the Order).

Get advice early if this change to the Order impacts you as an employer or an employee.

Disclaimer:  This information is intended as general legal information and does not constitute legal advice.  If you have a specific issue and wish to discuss it get in contact with the Black Door Law team.