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Care homes: vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) - registration requirements

  • Organisations we regulate,
  • Care homes with nursing,
  • Care homes without nursing

From 11 November 2021, new government regulations come into effect that impact care homes in England

The government has passed new legislation which affects all CQC registered providers and registered managers that provide ‘accommodation for persons who require nursing or personal care’ in care homes. This means you must ensure that staff and visiting professionals do not enter your indoor premises unless they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. There are exemptions, for example - on medical, emergency or age related grounds.

See the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021

From 11 November 2021, we will seek assurance that you have robust systems and processes in place to:

  • monitor vaccination and COVID-19 status of staff
  • monitor vaccination and COVID-19 status of visiting professionals entering the care home
  • ensure staff vaccination status is up-to-date (by providing guidance and assistance for staff to get vaccinated)
  • ensure staff maintain up-to-date best practice for infection prevention and control (IPC)
  • make reasonable adjustments as required to ensure people using your service receive safe care and treatment.

We will also seek assurance that registered manager applicants are:

  • either fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or medically exempt from the vaccination
  • aware of their duties in relation to the new regulations regarding VCOD.

If you are applying to be a provider or registered manager of a care home you must submit a completed VCOD declaration. It is one of the supporting documents you must include with your application.

From 11 November 2021, we cannot accept your application without this VCOD declaration form.

Download the VCOD declaration form

Last updated:
15 October 2021