NHS England claims jabs have now been offered to all eligible care homes for older adults. Around 600,000 coronavirus vaccine doses were administered in the UK in just one day at the weekend.
In what is being described as a “monumental milestone” for the vaccination scheme, NHS England has announced that the first Covid-19 jab has been offered to people living across 10,000 care homes.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the achievement as a "crucial milestone".
“Today marks a crucial milestone in our ongoing race to vaccinate the most vulnerable against this deadly disease.
“We said we would prioritise and protect care home residents, and that is exactly what we have done.
“There will be difficult moments to come, and the number of cases and people in hospital remains dangerously high.
“But vaccines are our route out of the pandemic, and having protected 8.9 million people with a first dose so far, our rollout programme will only accelerate from here on.”
A target of 15 February was set for the UK to vaccinate care home residents and carers, people over 70, and frontline care workers. Nearly nine million people in the UK have had their first dose of a vaccine.
NHS England said more than 10,000 care homes with older residents had been offered jabs, although a "small remainder" of homes had visits deferred by local public health directors for safety reasons during local outbreaks.
It follows the news that more than 600,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine were administered in just one day at the weekend.
The vaccination programme has been a massive success to date, having only started on December 8, but now every single resident and member of staff at the UK's 1,413 care homes have been offered at least a first dose of the vaccine.
Presumably, they will all be getting second doses before too long as well.
The Prime Minister said he was "confident that we have the supplies" to ensure that people would receive their second jab within the government's 12-week timetable
According to the NHS figures, England has been close to completing this key part of the process since February, when there were still five care homes left to offer doses of one of the vaccines to.
However, some care home staff have refused to have the vaccine due to "cultural issues", according to the National Care Association's executive chair Nadra Ahmed.
She told BBC Breakfast: "We have to convince people that this vaccine is for them. That it's for the staff to protect them and therefore protect the services they work in."
There are six areas of England where the take-up amongst care home staff has been less than 60 percent. There are a few potential reasons for this, with ethnicity, education, and income all identified as factors in vaccine hesitancy, as well as exposure to misinformation and lack of trust in medical professionals.
The government revealed that it is looking into forcing care home workers to accept the jab if they want to keep their job.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock told LBC that 'many' care homes would support such a proposal.
He added: "On this one, no decision has been taken, but it is something that we are looking at.
"Because people who are looking after elderly residents in care homes, who we know to be the most vulnerable to Covid, they have a duty of care not to pass on the disease and it is a reasonable question."
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