How does an employer keep their clinically vulnerable staff safe from catching COVID?
Now that the restrictions are being lifted as of this Thursday and no more free COVID tests from April can someone please advise on what an employer's duty of care is to their clinically vulnerable staff?
Since the beginning of the pandemic our office had a Perspex screen up at each workstation to protect staff from catching COVID. Today, the Perspex screens have been removed, no more face masks, etc, and employees like me who have a suppressed immune system caused by RA and the taking of Methotrexate are being, I feel, hung out to dry. People who are cavalier in their attitude towards COVID are not going to worry about coming into work and passing the virus onto all and sundry. Another factor is that if someone has COVID that employee will not be paid and will come to work.
The Government announced today that the over 75s and clinically vulnerable people will be offered a further booster jab in the spring. What happens until then? Just hope and pray we don't catch COVID.
I will continue to wear a face mask when out in public and if all of us clinically vulnerable people wear masks then we can make a stand and make people notice. Thankfully, face masks are still available to buy in chemists but how long will this be before the stance is taken to remove them from the shelves. It seems to me as though the Government is trying to fool everyone into thinking that it is okay now to go back to normal. A lot has changed. Just look at the death rate which has far exceeded flu deaths. The only positive thing about COVID is the vaccination programme which has helped us clinically vulnerable people to have some protection.
Stay safe everyone and all of us clinically vulnerable people must stick together and fight for what we believe in. We must be better protected and also the general public should be better educated as to how serious COVID is.
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