Up to one in five care home staff are refusing their COVID-19 vaccination, according to new research.
Data obtained by the Press Association shows that between 5% and 21% of care home staff offered the vaccine had declined it with young workers more resistant to declining the jab.
One large care home group, which asked to remain anonymous, said one in five staff had refused the vaccine.
However, Nadra Ahmed OBE, executive chairman of the National Care Association, told The i newspaper there had been a reduction in staff refusing to take COVID vaccines after moves by providers to address their fears.
The NCA said around 6-8% of staff remained nervous or resistant about vaccination due to health and cultural factors, down from 18-20% at the beginning of the programme.
Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England, added: “We are working to make it as easy as possible for staff to be vaccinated. So far, we understand that the uptake has been good.
“We would like real-time data from the NHS broken down by residents and staff so we can get a handle on whether this is a widespread problem.”