Publication - Advice and guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Open with Care: advice on practicalities

Published: 15 Jul 2021

Supplementary information including answers to practical questions and concerns resulting from Open with Care: supporting meaningful contact and activities in and away from care homes.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Open with Care: advice on practicalities
Resident vaccination

Resident vaccination

Vaccination programme and visiting

We do not recommend that care homes make it compulsory for visitors to have had the COVID-19 vaccine before going in the care home or residents to be vaccinated. Vaccination is just one of a number of safeguards that together allow meaningful contact to resume. Therefore if a visitor has not been vaccinated they should still be able to visit a resident within a care home.

When a resident has not been vaccinated

Indoor visiting is now recommended to be supported due to all the layers of protection in place, not just vaccination. These protections include testing, infection prevention and control  measure including hand hygiene, ventilation, physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and finally wear a mask. Therefore residents who have not been vaccinated should still be able to receive indoor visitors.