We here the NGCL always make it a priority to bring the latest news within the Locksmith industry to all Locksmiths and with new regulations coming in for working in care homes that will effect the Locksmith industry, we have written this blog to try and answer any questions you might have!
New CQC Care Home Regulations
As of Thursday 11th November 2021, anyone working or volunteering in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) care homes in England will need to be full vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of the approved vaccines, unless exempt, and must provide proof of status upon arrival through a NHS COVID Pass.
How Does this Apply to Locksmiths?
The Department of Health and Social Care have amended the Health and Social Care Act 2008 so that from the 11th of November 2021 anyone that will physically enter a CQC registered care home in England must follow the new vaccination regulations. This will include Locksmiths carrying out general Locksmith services for the care home or the residents.
Although this is currently only required in England, this will also apply to those who might live in Scotland or Wales but offer Locksmith services in England.
When is Someone Fully Vaccinated?
Someone is fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second COVID-19 vaccination or 2 weeks after an approved single jab vaccination.
What are the Exceptions?
If you are medically exempt from receiving an approved vaccine then this does not apply to you, however you will need to show proof of exemption upon entering a CQC care home.
Likewise, in the case of emergency situations where the care home may be unsafe or unsecured and the work is deemed urgent by the care home, proof of vaccination or exemption is not necessary. However, this can only be decided by the care home management or in situations of great emergency like a fire.
How to Provide Proof of Vaccination Status
When entering a CQC care home to provide Locksmith services you must show your vaccination status or your medical exemption. Please refer to GOV.uk for how to gain proof of medical exemption but if you are vaccinated there are 3 ways which you can prove your vaccination status.
1. The NHS COVID Pass on the NHS App
If you open the app store on your smart device, you should be able to download the NHS app. If you download this app onto your smart device and log in you will then be able to access your digital NHS COVID pass in the format of a QR code which you will be able to show upon arrival.
This QR code will be valid for 30 days but will refresh each time you log into the account. Please note that to use this method you must be registered with a GP surgery in England and must have an NHS log in. If you do not have an NHS log in, it will prompt you to create one.
2. Online NHS COVID Pass Service
You can access your NHS COVID pass through a web browser on a desktop, laptop, or smart device without having to download the app. Simply follow the log in prompts on the NHS website to access your NHS COVID pass online. From there you can then download the pass as a PDF and print it off should you wish too.
This QR code will be valid for 30 days but will refresh each time you log into the account so if you are printing off a PDF ensure that it is still valid before you use it. Please note that to use this method you must be registered with a GP surgery in England and must have an NHS log in. If you do not have an NHS log in, it will prompt you to create one.
3. NHS COVID Pass Letter
You can also get an NHS COVID pass letter send to you in the post which confirms your COVID vaccination status. You can request the letter after having your second dose of a 2 dose vaccine or after a single dose vaccine.
You can request the letter online or by calling 119.
You may need to wait 5 working days after your last vaccination so that your record will be up to date. Once requested you can expect your letter within 5 working days.
Living Outside of but Working in England
Currently the new regulations only apply to those working in CQC homes in England, however if you live or work in another country like Scotland or Wales but work in England this regulation will also apply to you.
If you live in Scotland but work in England you can get proof from https://www.nhsinform.scot/
If you live in Wales but work in England you can get proof from https://gov.wales/
Please note that the purpose of this blog is to provide factual information about the new regulations which effect the Locksmith Industry as released by the English Government and does not provide any opinions on vaccinations.