Birmingham MP Shabana Mahmood leads opposition to mandatory jabs for NHS staff
Birmingham MP Shabana Mahmood is leading opposition to plans to force every NHS employee to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid, MP for Bromsgrove, said he was “leaning towards” making jabs mandatory for staff in England as around 100,000 NHS workers are not fully vaccinated. It follows the decision to tell nursing home workers that they need to get vaccinated. As of November 11, anyone who has not been fully immunized will not be allowed into a residential care home providing nursing or personal care, unless they are a resident.
But the Labor Party opposes the police and is now campaigning against its extension to cover NHS staff. Ms Mahmood, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Ladywood, spoke out against the proposal in her role as national labor campaign coordinator. She said this would lead to a shortage of staff in health services and may actually make people more reluctant to get vaccinated.
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Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour, she said: ‘Within NHS staff, just like social workers, we have not supported compulsory vaccination because the cohort of people we let’s talk, who work in the NHS, who haven’t taken the vaccination, are disproportionately at the lower end of NHS workers.
“We are mainly talking about women, the lowest paid women and also some ethnic minority communities. And the profile of these people is the same as you will see in the rest of the population – there is huge hesitation in the vaccination.”
She said women who hoped to become pregnant were particularly reluctant to get the vaccine because they feared it could affect their fertility. The NHS opinion is that there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines have an effect on the chances of getting pregnant.
Ms Mahmood said the answer was to give people information and advice. “Simply, the blunt instrument of mandating workers in the NHS as we have seen in the nursing home sector is not working. It will lead to labor shortages, it will only build the agenda. hesitation and integrate it into our larger system and we can’t have that. ”
Data released by the Birmingham City Council Public Health Team shows that 85% of health and primary care workers have been vaccinated at least once, although the authority warns that it is difficult to be sure the numbers are correct.
Earlier this year, we reported that Paulette Hamilton, a cabinet member for health and social services at Birmingham’s Labor-led city council, wrote to Health Secretary Sajid Javid urging him to delay the measure. She warned that 2,690 Birmingham nursing home workers are yet to be hit twice and preventing them from working could result in “massive downtime of nursing home beds”.
Mr Javid today insisted he had yet to make a final decision on whether to make jabs mandatory for health workers, but the move would mean the situation for NHS staff in England broadly meets the requirements of nursing home workers.
He told Sky News: “I am inclined to do it.
“There are around 100,000 that are not (vaccinated in the NHS) at this point, but what we saw with the care sector was when we announced the policy… then we saw a lot more people come forward and do the right thing and get vaccinated, that’s what I hope, if we can do the same with the NHS – we’ll see.
“If they haven’t been vaccinated yet, there is a patient safety issue and it’s something the government will take very seriously.”
Jeremy Brown, professor of respiratory medicine at University College London Hospitals, who sits on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, told Sky News: “If you are frontline NHS staff dealing with patients and meet the general public, you should be vaccinated – a professional thing, it’s a matter of safety. “
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