Three in 10 care home staff not vaccinated

NHS data shows that three in 10 care home staff have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 despite being in the top four priority groups.

The figures from NHS England indicate that more than 435,000 workers in care homes for older adults are eligible in England, but only 304,600 have received a first dose. There is also regional variation. In London, for example, only 52 per cent of staff have had a jab, rising to 75 per cent in the South West.

Some 95 per cent of care home residents in England have been vaccinated, with all regions above 93 per cent.

Four groups - care home workers and residents, frontline health workers, the over-70s and clinically extremely vulnerable people - have been prioritised for vaccines since the UK's mass vaccination programme started in December. The UK target of vaccinating 15 million people was met at the weekend.