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Third of care home staff refuse Covid vaccine as chiefs admit Britain ‘has a problem’

A 3rd of care properties staff have turned down the supply of a Covid-19 jab, vaccination leaders have warned.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) admitted Britain “has a problem” with low take up amongst social care staff.

The Science and Technology Committee was instructed of the low take up and that any resolution to make carers take a obligatory jab could be for Government.

One in ten NHS docs have additionally not taken up the choice of having a jab. It will not be identified what number of have refused because of a medical exemption.

It got here on the day Prof Van Tam stated well being and care staff ought to have a Covid-19 vaccine as half of their “professional responsibility” to sufferers.



Ellen Prosser, identified as Nell, who’s 100 years previous, receives the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Professor Anthony Harnden, JCVI deputy chairman, instructed MPs on the committee: “In care home staff we do have a problem in terms of vaccine coverage.

“It was one of our rationales frontline health care workers being in the high priority group that not only were there exposure risks, but they were treating lots of vulnerable, older people who could potentially get the virus from them.

“I don’t know where we’re going with this. It certainly wouldn’t be a JCVI decision to make this compulsory. That would be a political consideration.”

NHS England has stated round 88% of patient-facing NHS Trust well being care staff in England are more likely to have had their first dose of a vaccine by now.

However Prof Anthony Harnden instructed MPs this was as low as 66% in care properties staff. He stated take up was 80% amongst nurses and 90% amongst docs.

It adopted reviews that in some care properties solely a fifth of social care staff have taken up the supply of a jab.

Prof Van-Tam instructed Good Morning Britain: “I agree with Professor (Chris) Whitty in that I think healthcare workers have always had a professional responsibility to take steps themselves to prevent them from being in a position where they could harm patients through infectious diseases they might have.

“That’s been a very clear position on hepatitis B vaccine and performing invasive procedures, particularly surgery, for decades and decades.

“And so I think that’s the professional standard that everybody ought to adhere to.

“Now, the other way of framing this is saying, if you’re a consumer of healthcare, if you’re a patient or a relative, would you prefer a healthcare worker to attend you or your relative if they have been vaccinated against Covid, or would you not really mind either way?”

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