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Support Choice – Oppose Vaccine Mandates
On 14 December 2021, a majority of 385 MPs voted to implement legislation requiring all front-line NHS staff to have two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by 1st April 2022, or face losing their jobs. The requirement will also apply to those working in general practice, private hospitals, community services or any other health or care organisation.
This could impact over 100,000 NHS staff. Implementing COVID-19 vaccine mandates for NHS front-line staff will significantly impact patient care. NHS staff who have chosen not to have the COVID-19 vaccine may be forced to leave their jobs or face dismissal. The NHS is already understaffed, with 100,000 reported vacancies, and this will increase pressure on services. The affected staff, who worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, have been hailed as heroes and are now expected to work through another winter before being dismissed on 1 April 2022.
The rights of informed consent and bodily autonomy are fundamental pillars of medical ethics and international human rights law. There must always be the choice to refuse any medical intervention, and no one should ever be coerced.
ENGLAND The mandates are wholly unsupported by scientific evidence. The COVID-19 vaccines do not stop infection or transmission but only protect the individual and not those around them. Many affected staff will have acquired robust natural immunity from prior infection and are likely to be safer working with service users than their vaccinated colleagues. Vaccine mandates therefore serve no practical purpose but are unethical and discriminatory.
Despite this, vaccine mandates have been implemented in Europe and the US for public and private sector organisations resulting in huge job losses. We must not allow this to happen in the UK, especially as:
There must always be the choice to refuse any medical intervention, and no one should ever be coerced. The rights of informed consent and bodily autonomy are fundamental pillars of medical ethics and international human rights law.
How We Aim to Help:
It is important that all employees take a stand against any coercion. Employers will struggle to implement vaccine mandates if enough employees together refuse to accept any changes to their employment or to resign voluntarily.
What Employees Can Do:
Your Rights as an Employee:
If you are affected by vaccine mandates at work and are facing either losing your job or changes to your role, the law can protect you.
Useful Legal Information:
The Together campaign to oppose and end vaccine mandates was successful in forcing the government to announce a U-turn on 31st January. In just over four weeks working with a group of lawyers, NHS workers, NHS100k, Workers of England Union and many other grassroots movements an organisations, we mobilised over 100,000 people to raise awareness with the public and write to their MPs.
We targeted NHS staff with support and advice. In addition, we published videos featuring NHS staff affected by the mandate legislation, facing losing their jobs and livelihoods. These videos showed real life accounts of the devastating impact the mandate would be to the NHS, already facing critical staffing shortages, and many facing losing their jobs after years of service.
We collectively managed to ensure this campaign hit the headlines of some of the major news outlets (GMB, ITV, BBC, GBNews, This Morning Britain etc) and that interviews by key individuals who were part of the campaign were viewed by millions of people.
However, the campaign is not over as the government are using an alternative, backdoor and underhanded way of implementing the vaccine mandate that must be challenged. We also anticipate that a public consultation will be published which may ask for responses on whether or not to revoke vaccination as a condition of deployment requirement