Oxford Mail readers have been giving their views on the Government making it mandatory for NHS staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

We asked on the newspaper’s Facebook page if it was right to make vaccinations mandatory for NHS staff.

Some readers said yes while others were opposed to the move.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said after considering thousands of responses to a consultation launched in the summer: “I have concluded that all those working in the NHS and social care will have to be vaccinated.”

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A deadline is expected to be set for April 1 next year to give unvaccinated staff time to get both doses, Mr Javid told the Commons.

About 103,000 NHS workers in England remain unvaccinated, he said.

Tomorrow is the deadline for care home workers in England to get vaccinated.

The Government’s decision follows a consultation which began in September and considered whether both the Covid and flu jabs should be compulsory for frontline NHS and care workers.

Mr Javid said the flu vaccine would not be made mandatory.

There will be exemptions for the Covid vaccine requirement for medical reasons, and for those who do not have face-to-face contact with patients in their work, he added.

NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson said that if mandatory vaccination for NHS staff is approached in the right way it could actually result in a rise in the take-up of jabs.

Each of the four UK nations makes its own decisions on the issue.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not made any proposals to make Covid jabs compulsory for NHS workers or care home staff.

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Positive cases of coronavirus in Oxfordshire have risen by 258 in the latest figures.

Across the UK, 30,305 new people had a confirmed positive test result reported on Sunday.

Between November 1 and November 7, 247,537 people had a confirmed positive test result.

This showed a decrease of 12.9 per cent compared to the previous seven days. Across the UK, there were 62 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on Sunday.

Between November 1 and November 7, there have been 1,174 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. This showed an increase of 6.8 per cent compared to the previous seven days.


KAMARA LAWRENCE: “No, if it doesn’t make you immune.

“They are still able to catch it and pass it on.”

SANDY TAYLOR: “Yes as I care for every one of my patients in a positive caring and professional manner, always putting their needs first.

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“By making the vaccine mandatory where everyone in not only the NHS but the Health Care Industry.

“I believe I personally am protecting my patients and also safeguarding against the likely spread of the virus also to my family and friends.

“I believe that my immune system is much stronger than most, due to working in the health care industry.”

LIVIU ROSCA: “Why should they be forced to have the vaccine? Others are choosing not to have it.”



JENNI MORGAN: “As a carer that has had to have them (all 3 now) then yes NHS staff should also have them.

“It shouldn’t be just us carers made to have them. By the way I’ve not grown any extra limbs yet!”

BARBARA KARAYI: “Sad that it has to be so, but yes.”


RICKY GRAY: “Absolutely.”

MANDY RATCLIFFE: “Absolutely.”




KYM BURDEN: “Yes it is.”




ALISTER COOK: “Definitely yes.”


ADAM WILLIAMS: “It should be law to have it by now.”

JOHN LITTLEJOHN: “Absolutely.”


STACEY GREENOUGH: “No-one should be forced to do something against their own wishes.”