More than 56,000 nursing home workers in England – and nearly half a million other caregivers – were not registered with two doses of Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine as of November 7, figures from NHS England show.
Starting today, Thursday 11th November, all nursing home workers in England will have to be double stabbed.
Figures from NHS England show that 45,328 elderly care home workers and 11,079 younger adult care workers did not receive both doses as required – 56,407 total.
Several thousand of them are said to have certified themselves as medically exempt or applied for formal evidence.
Figures from NHS England show that of 500,340 employees working in younger adult care homes and home care services, 22.7% did not receive both vaccinations. That is a total of 113,611 employees.
Three quarters of staff working in other social care facilities, including unregistered providers and local authority workers, have had their first vaccination.
But only about a third had been double-vaccinated by November 7, with 383,257 employees in those facilities not being double-vaccinated or reported as such at that time.
About 90.2% of the staff in elderly care homes and 87.3% in nursing homes for younger adults received both doses.
Unison, the public services union, said “nursing homes will have to close if the government persists in draconian plans to lay off nurses who are not double-vaccinated”.
“Nurses will be banned from nursing homes in England unless they are double stabbed by November 11th,” Unison said on its website.
“The ‘no jab, no job’ policy risks the collapse of care companies and unnecessary annoyance for thousands of elderly residents and their families.”
“The care sector is already facing a personnel catastrophe. UNISON believes that vaccination requirements should be abolished or the deadline for nursing home staff should be postponed until next April.”
Economy Secretary Paul Scully said he was hoping unvaccinated caregivers would “reconsider” their decision not to take Covid-19 vaccination before Thursday’s deadline.
He told LBC radio, “I would hope that if people have not received their vaccination they will go back and reconsider this vaccination and have it done if they want to continue working with these vulnerable people.”
When asked what will happen to those in need of care who may be losing support due to government vaccination policies, Mr. Scully said, “I think there is little point in taking care of people who, unfortunately, could help transmit the disease and them to send to the hospital. “.
“So it’s a slightly circular discussion and we want to make sure that people being cared for can be as safe as possible.”
A minister said social workers had been “amply warned” to get vaccinated against coronavirus before the government’s mandatory vaccination policy went into effect on Thursday.
Economy Secretary Paul Scully told Sky News: “I think there is a certain level of expectation.
“You had 12 weeks to get vaccinated. I would hope and expect these people to have this duty of care to the people they serve and who they protect – the people, the most vulnerable in our society, the people most likely to be hospitalized, and I fear Covid to die.
“That is what this move was about, and that is why we are determined to make sure it stays that way.”
Vic Rayner, chief executive of the National Care Forum, said the government’s mandatory vaccination policy comes at a “human cost.”
She told BBC Breakfast that around 8% of employees are leaving their jobs, in addition to those who have left the sector since the policy was announced.
“It’s really a challenge for organizations across the country and I think this policy comes at a very high human price,” she said, referring to the cost to the staff who leave it, to the people who care for it and the breach of trust between employees and employers ask them to leave.
“For the nursing home sector, it feels like we are some kind of guinea pig in the implementation and implementation of this directive.”
When asked about the impact of the staff loss, Ms. Rayner said, “People who need care who are currently not receiving care cannot get it.
“You also see organizations that say that unfortunately they are no longer able to take care of the people who have made them up to now.”
Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said a survey of more than 450 executives across all health care sectors found that nine out of ten of them described the situation they are now facing as “unsustainable.”
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “We still have thousands of people in the hospital with Covid. Hospitalization rates have been going down in the last few days, which is good, but there are still a lot of patients in the hospital.
“Then we have the normal winter pressure, and then there is the huge backlog that has built up during the pandemic.
“When you put these three things together, you have a situation that almost every healthcare executive says is untenable.”
When asked what “unsustainable” meant, Mr. Taylor said it meant that quality of care and patient safety were “compromised” and that it was also very difficult for hospitals to address the “huge” backlog in elective care .
Mr Taylor said people with fairly advanced illnesses are showing up in emergency rooms, adding that there is an “overwhelming demand”.
The government allocated £ 162.5 million to help with staffing issues and launched a nationwide recruiting campaign last week to fill more than 100,000 welfare positions.
Care groups have said the scarcity is preventing some homes from accepting hospital patients who are ready to be discharged.
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