While in no way should staff be forced to have the Covid-19 vaccine, employers should look to encourage them to have it, advises the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
The CIPD has launched practical guidance for employers to help them to understand their responsibilities towards their staff.
The guidance covers the following:
- Encouraging vaccination and how to communicate this.
- Adopting a vaccination policy.
- Planning for employees who can’t have the vaccine and employees who may be hesitant or refuse.
- Asking employees (and potential employees) if they have had the vaccine.
CIPD Chief Executive Peter Cheese commented, “The widescale vaccine rollout really is uncharted territory for employers. Many are confused as to what their role in it is, to protect their workforce, business and customers.
“The UK Government hasn’t made the vaccine compulsory so neither can employers. Nor should they be restricting people coming to work based on whether they have had the vaccine. Instead, employers – in line with official public health guidance – should consider promoting the importance of staff getting the vaccine and highlight official advice to show its safety and effectiveness.”