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Care Homes: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL3256, tabled on 20 October 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the safety of care home (1) residents, and (2) staff, given recent reports that only 28.8 per cent of residents and 14.1 per cent of staff have had a COVID-19 booster vaccination.

Answered on

16 November 2021

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies has advised that a vaccination uptake rate of 90% in residents and 80% in staff in each individual care home setting would be needed to provide a minimum level of protection against outbreaks of COVID-19. As of 7 November, 94.9% of residents and 90.2% of staff in homes for older people have received their second dose based on responses from 99.2% of providers. As of 22 October, 88% of care homes had either been visited by the booster programme or appointments have been booked.