Mandatory vaccinations consultation

Share your views in our survey

The Government has launched a consultation on proposals for mandating COVID-19 and flu vaccinations for frontline health and social care workers in England.

In response, we’re surveying members in England to ask your views on the Government's proposal.

The current proposal covers health and care staff in England, who work for organisations that are regulated by the CQC. Among optometrists, it only covers those working in hospitals at this time, but the consultation includes a question about extending the requirement to other patient-facing healthcare workers, and therefore potentially those providing face-to-face eyecare in the community. Read our initial response.

The Government consultation was launched on Thursday 9 September and runs for six weeks. It follows a recent decision that requires all professionals entering care homes to have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 11 November, unless exempt.

We will submit our response to the Government consultation, based on feedback and survey responses from members and we encourage all members to take part.

How to take part

A unique link to access the survey was emailed to all practising members in England from Survey Monkey on Monday 27 September.

To receive emails about this survey, members will need to have ‘membership surveys’ ticked in their email preferences. This can be checked by visiting the My Email section under communications of MyAOP.

If you think you haven’t received this survey, please check your junk folder before emailing [email protected].