How to prepare your business for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout

As the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out continues at speed, organisations are facing unprecedented challenges, particularly around whether they can make the vaccine compulsory for their employees. Whatever approach you decide to take as an employer, an important and practical starting point is to put a vaccination policy in place.

We've seen an increase in the number of employers wanting to know if they can make it a requirement for their workforce to be vaccinated or penalise employees who refuse.

While there may be some employers in certain sectors who can justify requiring their employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine – for example, those in healthcare where the risk of not taking it can be detrimental to vulnerable people in their care – this will not apply across the board.

It is important to note that the government has not, at present, made it mandatory for members of the public to be vaccinated, nor does it appear likely that this will be the case.

How we can help

An essential important first step is to ensure you have a policy in place that outlines your approach and expectations of your employees. We're offering a fixed fee vaccination policy drafting service, for a fixed price of £950 plus VAT.

Outside of this fixed fee package, our team of employment law experts are also on hand to work with you once you have your draft policy prepared, including:

  • Consulting with employees, staff associations and unions
  • Advising on how to communicate with staff on the vaccination policy
  • Ensuring GDPR compliance when processing related data and how to communicate to staff on how their personal data will be used
  • Evolving your vaccination policy in line with Government policy changes

This is such a rapidly developing area that employers should be prepared to keep their position under constant review over the coming months and adapt their approach where appropriate.

How our fixed fee service works

For a fixed price of £950 plus VAT, you will receive the following:

  • A consultation to determine the best approach for your employees
  • A dedicated team of experts who will work with you to ensure your policy is the right policy for your business
  • Bespoke vaccination policy for your business

*This  fixed-fee is applicable to the contract review and legal  opinion only. Any  ancillary work done will be charged at the appropriate rate  agreed  on engagement.

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