A GP has delayed the vaccination of a Bupa care home in Essex following a COVID-19 outbreak.
The vaccination, which was due to take place on Saturday, 9 January, was cancelled as 16 residents remain COVID positive following an outbreak at Harts House in Harts Grove, Woodford Green.
The home has recorded 32 resident infections since October with three people having sadly died.
A Bupa spokesperson told CHP the vaccination of the home is now expected to take place this Sunday.
Paul Torrance, Regional Director for Harts House, said: “Thanks to the hard work of our colleagues, Harts House has been COVID-clear through previous phases of the pandemic.
“In line with rising national figures, we have recently seen an increase in resident cases, though many aren’t showing any symptoms. The team is using full PPE and ensuring everyone gets the care they need. As a result, many residents have already returned to good health.”
The NHS has instructed GPs to vaccinate all care homes for the elderly by the end of this week or by 24 January at the latest.
Cash incentives for GPs have been raised from £10 to £30 until Sunday in order to speed up the vaccination programme.