CARE HOME WORKERS ENCOURAGED TO GET VACCINATED BEFORE IT BECOMES COMPULSORY IN OCTOBER

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.

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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.

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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.

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Miss sensible
Miss sensible
14 days ago

Get vaccine ASAP ….
Due diligence duty of care ….

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Miss sensible
14 days ago

http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=31058&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights

Article 3 – Human dignity and human rights

1. Human dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms are to be fully respected.

2. The interests and welfare of the individual should have priority over the sole interest of science or society.
……..

therefore personal choice and cannot be forced.

Sunshine
Sunshine
Reply to  isle of wighter
13 days ago

What about the human rights of he elderly people who have to be cared for by UNVACCINATED carers? Works both ways you know. The elderly are at much higher risk of death if they catch COVID

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Sunshine
12 days ago

the elderly have had the jab – after all, that is what it is for – to prevent, serious symptoms, hospitalisation and death – so there is no need to insist on vaccination of staff if the vaccine is working.

Helen Goff
Helen Goff
Reply to  Miss sensible
13 days ago

Could I just ask where was the duty of care to the staff when this all started and patients were moved to care homes with out testing. They have been made the scape goat for this woeful Government .

Moya Perry
Moya Perry
Reply to  Helen Goff
13 days ago

Very good point.

Sunshine
Sunshine
13 days ago

Infringement on rights over their bodies. What a load of rubbish. Well if they don’t like it and don’t want the vaccine, they will have to find another job won’t they. They can’t expect to work with elderly people and remain unvaccinated. Common sense should prevail surely?

Helen Goff
Helen Goff
Reply to  Sunshine
13 days ago

But they have been working with the elderly all through this pandemic wearing full PPE and being tested several times a week ,surely that has to count for something.

Helen Goff
Helen Goff
Reply to  Helen Goff
12 days ago

It should also be clarified that this doesn’t just apply to care staff .Anyone including outside contractors ,hairdressers etc will have to be double vaccinated the only people that won’t have to be is the family of said resident.

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Sunshine
12 days ago

ok then sunshine – how about you are forced to have something against your will, or lose your benefits, salary or pension – see how you like having your freedom of choice taken away. Any attempt to force a vaccination under a threat is coercion.

common sense dictates that if the vaccine is working as intended, the elderly are perfectly fine with anyone around them -and i should point out that the latest stats show that 47% of positive cases recorded are in those who have been vaccinated.

Bus user
Bus user
Reply to  isle of wighter
12 days ago

Not everyone can have the vaccine anyway. I’d like to know how vulnerable people can keep themselves safe now that everybody is just doing as they like. If someone can’t have the vaccine, or even if they have, but are still compromised, how do they keep safe? you can try to keep your distance from other people but can’t control what they do if they want to invade your personal space, as many do. People who live alone and still have to go out for exercise, or shopping, whatever. are now under great deal of added stress with the free for all.

Sunshine
Sunshine
Reply to  Bus user
11 days ago

Exactly Bus User. So the more people who have the jab are helping not only themselves but going a long way to help protect the people who, due to medical reasons are UNABLE to have it. Unlike the obstinate, spit their dummies out, irresponsible, you can’t make me brigade. Selfish, just selfish if people are able but just choose not to take the vaccine.

Sunshine
Sunshine
Reply to  isle of wighter
11 days ago

It’s only an injection. People have the flu jab, I really don’t see what all the ‘gum flappin’ is about. Just get the jab, it dramatically reduces the spread and major symptoms. It’s not 100% effective in stopping COVID but it offers a damn good chance of reducing deaths.

lisa
lisa
Reply to  Sunshine
8 days ago

flue jabs been tested for 10 years first you fool.these havnt

Rebel
Rebel
Reply to  Sunshine
8 days ago

Because you are so dumb and have not bother to look in to this seriously, just believe what you are told.

sue Young
sue Young
10 days ago

why wait until October, the damage would probably be done by then, it should be mandatory that anyone working with vulnerable people should be vaccinated to reduce the risk of infecting their patients, if they are not happy about protecting other peoples lives then find another job.

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