In the wake of low numbers of care workers taking the shot, the government is looking to make it compulsory for all those who work in adult care homes.
In London, only a quarter of staff who work in such facilities have opted to take the shot, while the number is closer to half in other parts of the country, according to NHS figures.
The London Telegraph reports that in response, the government submitted a paper to the Covid-19 Operations Cabinet sub-committee last week suggesting mandatory vaccines for such workers.
There are approximately 1.5 million people working in the sector in the UK. They would all be required to take the vaccine or face losing their jobs.
The paper, written by the Department of Health and Social Care is titled 'Vaccination as a condition of deployment in adult social care and health setting', and notes that the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) suggests that 80% of workers need to be vaccinated for care homes to be deemed safe.
It reads "The Prime Minister and the Secretary of State [for Health] have discussed on several occasions the progress that is being made to vaccinate social care workers against Covid-19 and have agreed – in order to reach a position of much greater safety for care recipients – to put in place legislation to require vaccinations among the workforce."