A London Borough where an outbreak of a South African COVID variant has been discovered has the lowest care home staff vaccination rate in England, it has been reported.
Just 50% of staff at care homes for older people have had at least one jab, according to NHS England figures reported by the BBC.
Twenty three residents and staff at a care home in the borough were last week reported to have contracted the South African variant in March.
The variant has also been detected in the neighbouring borough of Wandsworth, where 63.3% of care home staff have been vaccinated.
Surge testing is being carried out in the boroughs after 44 confirmed and 30 probable cases of the variant were discovered.
Social care working group SAGE says only 53% of older adult care home in England are currently meeting the threshold of having advise 80% of staff and 90% of residents vaccinated to provide a minimum level of protection against outbreaks of COVID-19.
Currently staff vaccination rates are below 80% in 89 local authority areas – more than half – and all 32 London boroughs. There are 27 local authority areas with a staff vaccination rate below 70%.