The Government has announced that the COVID-19 vaccine will be mandatory for all care home workers in England and staff are being urged to get their live-saving jab as soon as possible to protect themselves and the people they care for.
Anyone whose duties require them to enter an adult care home will also have to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are medically exempt.
Workers have until 16 September to get their first dose of the vaccine so that they can be fully vaccinated by the time regulations come into force on 11 November, allowing for an eight week gap between doses. 87.57% of care home staff in Walsall have had the first dose of the vaccine with 72.59% having had the second dose, according to latest figures*. In terms of care home residents, 97% have had the first dose, with 95.3% that have had their second dose.
People living in care homes are particularly vulnerable to severe illness and death from COVID-19, and the Government said that making vaccination a condition of deployment in care homes will "help ensure that residents at high risk from COVID-19, either due to their age, underlying health conditions, or disability, are better protected against the virus".
Councillor Rose Martin, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, Walsall Council said,
“I’d like to thank our care providers that have, in very difficult times, worked hard to meet the challenges faced and done all they can to support the people they care for. We appreciate the valuable contribution that they make to the health and wellbeing of vulnerable people in Walsall.”
"The vaccine is the best protection people can get from becoming seriously ill with COVID-19. It also helps to cut transmission of the virus from one person to another. This means it is especially important to get the vaccine if you care for someone.”
“I encourage care home staff and anyone else required to go into a care home for work that hasn’t had the vaccination to do so as soon as possible to protect yourself and those around you. Making sure you have the second dose which will give you and those you care for the maximum protection.”
“If you live, study or work in Walsall and you're 18-years-old or above, you can drop into the Saddlers Vaccination Centre to get your vaccination between 8am and 6pm, no appointment needed. Alternatively you can book online through the NHS website or by calling 119.”
Details of how to access the COVID-19 vaccine in Walsall, information about the vaccine bus and other useful COVID information is available on our website.
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Notes to editors:
*figures correct as of 28 July 2021