Mandatory jabs not expected until spring, despite Christmas lockdown fears and concerns over faltering boosters programme ByLaura Donnelly, HEALTH EDITOR ;Lizzie Roberts, HEALTH REPORTER and Ben Riley-Smith, POLITICAL EDITOR
NHS workers will not be forced to have a Covid jab this winter under plans being considered by ministers, despite warnings that rising cases could see the public put under greater restrictions.
Compulsory vaccinations for NHS staff are expected to be announced next week, but The Telegraph understands that, under the proposals, the rules will not be enforced until March 31.
Earlier this year, the Government launched a consultation on making vaccines mandatory for NHS staff. It said such a move would protect patients and doctors in the winter. Such rules have already been introduced for care homes and will come into force next week.
The climbdown on NHS vaccinations comes amid growing concern over the faltering booster jabs programme.