Over the last two weeks, the new variant Omicron has very quickly started to take hold and case numbers are now rising very rapidly. Last week England officially moved to its ‘Plan B’ and reintroduced the mandatory requirement of facemasks in certain settings, amongst a host of other measures.
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On Tuesday 21st December the First Minister made a statement to the Scottish Parliament announcing further COVID-19 restrictions in an effort to stem the spread of the new Omicron variant.
Whilst this is the first case relating to the administering of a Covid-19 vaccination, there have previously been a number of cases presented before the English Courts with similar disputes surrounding the administration of a vaccine to a child in the face of opposition.
As the race between the vaccines and the new Omicron variant continues, there has been an amendment to the Statutory Sick Pay Regulations by the UK Government which changes the period for which an employee can self certify their absence.
With Christmas fast approaching, news of a new COVID-19 variant and changes to guidance and restrictions, it would seem we are now ‘in the bleak mid-winter.’ In addition to new travel restrictions, the UK is beginning to see other cautions introduced in a bid to stem the new variant.