We have been informed by DHSC that the vaccination as a condition of deployment regulations have been signed and therefore the 16-week grace period has begun.
This means that the regulations will come into force on Thursday 11 November. For those beginning their vaccination journey, they must have their first dose by Thursday 16 September to allow the eight week gap between doses and ensure they are fully vaccinated by Thursday 11 November.
The DHSC are intending to publish full guidance for care providers in the coming weeks.
More information on this decision and outcome of the consultation visit: Making vaccinations a condition of deployment in care homes: government response