Covid Vaccine Offered To All Care Homes In England

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Covid Vaccine Offered To All Care Homes In England

A Covid vaccine has been offered to residents at every eligible care home in England, the NHS has announced.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the achievement, expected to be confirmed by official figures on Monday, as a “crucial milestone”.

target of 15 February has been set for the UK to vaccinate care home residents and carers, people over 70 and frontline care workers.

On Saturday a record 598,389 first jabs were given across the UK.

It means nearly nine million people have received the first dose of a vaccine, with about 490,000 having received two jabs.

NHS England said more than 10,000 care homes with older residents had been offered vaccines, although a “small remainder” of homes had visits deferred by local public health directors for safety reasons during local outbreaks.

These will be visited by vaccinators as soon as NHS staff are allowed to do so, it said.

Mr Johnson said vaccines were the “route out of the pandemic” but warned there will be “difficult moments to come” with the number of cases and people in hospital still “dangerously high”.

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“Today marks a crucial milestone in our ongoing race to vaccinate the most vulnerable against this deadly disease,” he said.

The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI) sets which groups are prioritised for vaccinations, with residents in care homes and their carers in the top group.

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All those over 70 years old, clinically extremely vulnerable people and frontline health and social care workers make up the top four groups which the government has said should be inoculated by mid-February.

Care Minister Helen Whately said the government was working “on what we can do to try and enable visiting to restart” in care homes.

Asked if they would have to wait until residents had received both doses of the vaccine, she told BBC Breakfast: “I’m not saying that”, but she added that “at the moment it’s too soon” to allow indoor visiting as it takes time “to build up immunity”.

In Scotland, the government has said the programme for first doses for care home residents, frontline health and social care workers and those aged 80 and over would be completed by 5 February.

Around 75% of care home residents in Wales have had their first jab, while in Northern Ireland the government has said 100% of care homes have received a first dose.

Covid Vaccine Offered To All Care Homes In England

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