As COVID vaccines for care home staff are set to become compulsory by the Autumn, the Isle of Wight Council’s adult social care boss has renewed calls for everyone to get vaccinated.
From October, anyone working in a Care Quality Commission (CQC)-registered care home in England must have had 2 COVID-19 vaccines unless they have a medical exemption.
MPs approved the regulations last week, by 319 votes to 246, despite care organisations previously warning compulsory vaccinations could potentially cause further difficulties in a sector that already struggles to recruit enough staff.
The move follows a consultation by the Department for Health and Social Care but no impact assessment of the policy was published before the vote, something MPs criticised.
Latest figures from NHS England shows up to 11th July, 4 in 5 staff at adult care homes for older people on the Island have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Of the 2,424 staff in older adult care homes, 2,082 have had their first dose (86.1%), with 1,963 (81.2%) having their second.
In adult care homes for younger people, independently registered with the CQC, 88.6% of staff (163) have had their first vaccine with 81% fully vaccinated.
Councillor Karl Love, the Isle of Wight Council’s cabinet member for adult social care and public health said the Island’s compulsory care home vaccination efforts are on track but is was important for everyone to have their vaccinations.
Across the Island’s entire population 71% have had their first vaccination and 60.5% their second.
A number of walk-in clinics have been arranged at the Riverside Centre, in Newport, for people to get either their first or second vaccine without needing to book an appointment.