Additional funding to help adult social care

Sajid Javid has announced an additional £388 million of government funding for infection prevention and control in adult social care settings.

The investment seek to prevent the spread of infection in social care settings, including £25 million to support care workers to access coronavirus and flu vaccines over the winter months. This will ensure social care staff who need to travel to receive their coronavirus or flu vaccinations are paid their usual wages to do so and can be support with travel costs.

To boost flu vaccine uptake among social care staff, GP practices will be able to vaccinate care home staff that are not registered at their practice. Uptake will be regularly monitored by region to allow a targeted approach, and more flu vaccines will be available earlier this year.

Continued funding to prevent infection spreading and provide testing will be delivered through the Infection Control and Testing Fund, which was first introduced in May 2020 with an investment of £600 million. The latest funding includes £237 million for Infection Control measures and £126.3 million for testing costs.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Protecting care home staff and residents has been a priority throughout the pandemic and as we move into winter I am committed to ensuring they have the resources they need. This additional funding demonstrates how we will continue to support those delivering and receiving care. Everyone deserves to be cared for with dignity and respect and our wider reforms will continue to work towards our aim of a world-leading social care system.”

Minister for Care, Gillian Keegan, added: “The social care workforce have continued to deliver high quality care in the most challenging circumstances over the past 18 months - showing true dedication and professionalism - and I can’t thank them enough for all their hard work. We will ensure both staff and those who receive care continue to be protected from Covid-19, as well as other illnesses, this winter.”

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