Responding to reports that the government is considering mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for health and care staff, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:
“Forced vaccinations are the wrong way to go and send out a sinister and worrying message.
“Encouragement and persuasion rather than threats and bullying are key to a successful programme, as ministers themselves have repeatedly indicated.
“Mandatory jabs are counterproductive and likely to make those who are hesitant even more so. This will do nothing to help health and care sectors that are already chronically understaffed.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public, voluntary and private sectors.
Anthony Barnes M: 07834 864794 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Chinchen M: 07778 158175 E: email@example.com