Two-thirds of HC-One residents have been COVID vaccinated as the government’s deadline to vaccinate all elderly care homes this month nears.
Speaking during the launch of LaingBuisson’s Care Homes for Older People UK Market Report yesterday, James said two-thirds (63%) of residents and 40% of colleagues had received their first dose.
When quizzed by CHP on the chances of HC-One having all its residents and colleagues vaccinated this month as pledged by the government, James said: “We are getting close on residents but in some localities colleagues are being deprioritised as they focus on the over 80s.”
James said that while mortality rates as a percentage of occupancy varied from week to week they were now much more in line with the previous year.
One-third of HC-One’s care homes have had outbreaks of more than three people, although the number of residents and colleagues impacted has been lower in the current wave, James noted.
The urgent need to vaccinate care homes was highlighted by the latest COVID deaths statistics this week which showed that fatalities almost doubled in the week ending 8 January to their highest level since May as the new strain of the virus continues to rip through the community.
Concerns have been raised, meanwhile, by reports that up to one in five care home workers are refusing vaccinations though operators have said they are reducing the rate of those declining jabs by addressing their concerns.
James said that while vacancies were “very low” the rate of community transmission had impacted staffing levels with team members isolating or being ill.
“At any given point in time, workforce staffing and deployment in any given home is a challenge but the underlying ability to recruit has been very strong for us,” he said.