Almost four in five care home residents given both COVID jabs


Almost four out five residents at care homes for older people in England have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to NHS England figures.

Data published this week shows that 77.9% of eligible people had received both doses of the vaccine by 9 May, the Press Association reported. Additionally, 55.9% of staff at older care homes have received both doses.

Just under 95% of eligible residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared with 82.1% of eligible staff.

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The findings come as a report shows COVID-19 vaccine refusal is higher among care workers who feel pressured by employers.

Further figures published by the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) yesterday show 89.8% of residents in younger adult care homes have received their first jab along with 77.5% of staff as of 27 April.

As of 26 April, 82.5% of care homes in England were able to receive visitors compared with 40.3% at the beginning of March.

Additionally, 83.6% of care homes paid their staff full wages while self-isolating and 78.2% of care homes had no staff working in another health or social care setting.

As of 27 April, there were 480,530 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and 505,822 lateral flow device (LFD) tests taken by care home staff. Of these, 319 PCR tests and 411 LFD tests were positive, a substantial decrease for both tests since January.

Furthermore, there were 78,417 PCR tests and 7,905 LFD tests taken by care home residents. Of these, 121 PCR tests and 14 LFD tests were positive, again down substantially on mid-January.

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