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Helen Whately

Minister says 90% of care workers have had jab

The social care minister, Helen Whately has said it was “really difficult” when asked if care workers should be sacked if they refused to have a Covid jab.

Speaking in interviews this morning, Ms Whately said care homes would see if there were alternative roles for them outside the care home. She said she had spoken to care home residents and their families who said they wanted workers double vaccinated to give them the most protection against Covid.

About 90 per cent of care home staff have already been vaccinated and the government was working with care homes to support staff who were hesitant about getting the jab, she added.

She said: “The big question has to be if you don’t want to get vaccinated, how can you continue, how can it be right to continue, to look after people who are really vulnerable for COVID?”

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