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Businesses in West Norfolk have been advised employees carrying out works at any kind of care home will be required, from November 11, to prove they are double-vaccinated.

Norfolk County Council’s Adult Social Services said from this date, proof of vaccination with an approved vaccine would be necessary for entry.

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccine regulations apply to any person working in a Care Quality Commission -regulated care home which provides nursing or personal care, subject to certain exemptions.

Bill Borrett, the council’s cabinet member for adult social care and public health, said: “The mandatory vaccine regulations will help to ensure all care home residents, who may be vulnerable to COVID-19, are better protected against the virus.

“We also hope that the local businesses, who are valued providers of services to our care homes, will be able to support us with this new requirement.”

The list includes all workers employed directly by a care home and any volunteers, plus those employed by an agency and deployed at a care home.

It also includes anyone going into a care home to do other work, for example healthcare workers, tradespeople, CQC inspectors, hairdressers and beauticians.

Care homes will be unable to admit unvaccinated people unless the individual is medically exempt, is providing emergency assistance or is carrying out urgent maintenance work, a council spokesman said.

Proof of vaccination can be made using the NHS COVID Pass service via the NHS App, NHS website or NHS COVID Pass letter.

 An NHS appointment card cannot be used as proof of vaccination status, the spokesman added.