Just 60% of care home workers in London have been vaccinated against coronavirus, according to new analysis.
Analysis of NHS England data by Sky News revealed that most regions in England have seen only a 3-5% increase in care home staff being immunised during the last four weeks.
The data showed that take up rates ranged from 59.9% in the capital to 77.7% in the North East and Yorkshire.
NHS England CEO Simon Stevens has highlighted hesitancy amongst some parts of the population to take up the vaccine due to a “pandemic of disinformation” but said “meaningful progress” has been made.
Meanwhile, Care UK and Barchester Healthcare are among the leading care home providers to have introduced ‘no jab, no job’ polices to encourage care worker vaccination uptake.
Care specialist solicitors, Ridouts, has warned of the legal risks of adopting blanket vaccination policies, however, and advised care providers to use persuasion rather than compulsion.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic. Our vaccination programme is the biggest in NHS history, and so far our heroic health and care staff have vaccinated more than 23 million people.
“We have visited every eligible care home in England, offered vaccines to all staff, and are doing everything we can to ensure all those who can, take up the vital offer. All eligible staff can book using the national booking service.
“We continue to work closely with the care sector and local leaders in communities with lower take up to maximise vaccination numbers and save thousands of lives.”