Health staff in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) took to the streets of London on Saturday (January 22) to protest against the vaccine mandate for all health workers.
The British government has made vaccines for health and care home workers mandatory from April 1, 2022. According to NHS England, all workers in the NHS and independent healthcare sector must present evidence of vaccination by April 2022 in order to continue working.
One NHS worker at the protest said she was the only member of staff in her workplace that had not been vaccinated, and had been told she would lose her job in April.
Dr Nikki Kanani, Medical Director of Primary Care for NHS England, urged those marching to “think about the people that you’ve been looking after,” as well as their colleagues.
Several countries already have vaccine mandates in place for healthcare workers, including France, Italy and New Zealand, while the U.S., Germany and others will also soon enforce mandates.
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