Leading care home provider, Orchard Care Homes, is offering a series of webinars to allow its staff to make an “informed choice” on COVID-19 vaccination.
Care home staff have been given until 11 November to be fully vaccinated with guidance on exemptions being issued by the government last week.
Orchard Care Homes is providing accurate, independent, medical information about vaccinations for the COVID-19 virus to all its staff via a series of Teams webinars run by
Dr Stephen Griffin, Associate Professor at University of Leeds School of Medicine.
Rebecca Dobson, Orchard’s Director of People and Talent, (pictured) said: “We are encouraging all colleagues to have their COVID-19 vaccinations and by providing independent information, we are ensuring that all our staff have the opportunity to make an informed choice that is right for them.
“We’re delighted to be able to provide these sessions with Dr Griffin for our colleagues. They have been hugely informative and relatable, providing factual information and dispelling many of the myths and inaccuracies that have been circulated, particularly on social media, in regard to the vaccinations.
Dr Griffin commented: “By supporting Orchard Care Homes with these webinars, I was able to talk to colleagues throughout the business, addressing any questions that they had and providing information on how the vaccines have been developed, biology and the role vaccines play in programming our immune systems.
“The misinformation that has been spread across social media is incredibly frustrating to myself and my scientific colleagues, and hopefully these sessions have gone some way to putting minds at ease and making people think more about having their vaccination.”
Rebecca continued: “It would be incredibly sad should we have any staff losses as a result of the implementation of the requirement for all colleagues to have had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccination with effect from 11th November by government, as we would lose highly experienced and skilled people who have been with us for many years and care deeply about our residents.”
To date 79% of Orchard’s staff have had their first vaccination dose and 75% their second. While some of the remaining staff will be covered by a medical exemption, Orchard is working hard to mitigate any potential impact to the workforce and encourage those with a passion to care for others to start their career in care with the organisation.