Blackpool is leading the way on Covid vaccinations for care home staff

More than nine in 10 care home staff in Blackpool have had their first Covid vaccination – meaning the town has one of the best take-up rates in the country.

Friday, 18th June 2021, 10:32 am
Updated Friday, 18th June 2021, 10:34 am

It comes as the Government is expected to announce Covid vaccinations will be compulsory for all staff working in care homes for older people in England.

Figures show as of June 16, 93.7 per cent of staff have had their first dose of the vaccination and 83.8 per cent have had their second dose.

This is above the England average of 83.7 per cent (first dose) and 68.7 per cent (second dose).

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The Winter Gardens vaccination hub
The Winter Gardens vaccination hub

Karen Smith, Blackpool Council’s director of adult services, said: “Our vaccination rates for staff in care homes still remain among the best in the country, and this is a testament to all those who are doing their bit to protect the vulnerable, themselves and their families.

“In addition to all of the essential measures already in place, our fantastic vaccination rate is helping us to ensure that care homes are as safe as they can possibly be.

“We have worked closely with social care providers and the NHS to do everything we can to both address vaccine hesitancy and to keep employees informed of the latest developments.

“This includes a weekly virtual Q&A session with care providers to address any questions or concerns that staff may have.”

Ms Smith said they would continue to encourage the remaining staff to have their jabs.

She added: “Regarding the announcement on mandatory vaccinations, our high uptake has placed us in a strong position.

“Given the vaccine’s role in protecting staff, service users and the wider community, we will be continuing to encourage everyone to book an appointment.”

Workers who have not been vaccinated so far are expected to be given 16 weeks to have the jab or face being moved out of front-line care roles, and could potentially lose their jobs.

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