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Care homes struggle to reach 70 per cent staff COVID vaccination rates

Just over one in four care homes has achieved a 70 per cent staff COVID vaccination rate, a survey by the National Care Forum (NCF) has revealed.

In a poll of 750 homes, only 27 per cent of respondents said at least 70 per cent of staff have been vaccinated. Almost all homes had at least half of staff vaccinated, by the end of the survey on Monday 25 January.

Reasons for staff not receiving the vaccine include:

  • incompatible shifts
  • medical reasons
  • lack of alternative local appointment
  • lack of vaccine supply   
  • COVID positive status.

The NCF has also called for staff with concerns about vaccination to have their questions answered and then to be rapidly incorporated at the front of the queue in local vaccination centres.

Legal advice for managers with staff concerned about vaccination is available from Irwin Mitchell.

Commenting, NCF Executive Director Vic Rayner says: “In many ways staff vaccination is proving to be the harder part of the equation. We need to eliminate the practices where staff have been unable to get vaccination.”  

  • Around 67 per cent of Welsh care home residents had received COVID-19 vaccinations by Tuesday 26 January, Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething told the Welsh Assembly.

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