Nearly 80% of older care home residents given both Covid jabs – figures

Nearly four out of five residents at older adult care homes in England have received both doses of coronavirus vaccine, according to new figures from NHS England.

The latest data, published on Thursday, showed that 77.9% of residents eligible for the vaccine had received both doses by May 9.

This compared to 55.9% of staff at older adult care homes.

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It is the first time that NHS England has published the proportion of eligible older adult care home staff and residents to have received both jabs.

Staff and residents are classed as eligible for the vaccine if they have not had Covid-19 in the previous 28 days.

Some 94.9% of eligible residents had received at least one dose of vaccine, compared to 82.1% of eligible staff, the figures also showed.

The data also suggested that around three-quarters of people in England aged 60 and over had had both doses of Covid-19 vaccine.

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An estimated 75.2% of people in this age group had received both jabs as of May 9, meaning they are fully vaccinated against coronavirus.

Some 28.6% of people aged 55 to 59 are estimated to have had both doses, along with 23% of people aged 50 to 54, 18.2% of people aged 45 to 49 and 16.4% of people aged 40 to 44.

Meanwhile, an estimated 82.1% of people classified as clinically extremely vulnerable had received both doses of coronavirus vaccine.

The proportion of people aged 16 to 64 in an “at-risk group” or who are unpaid carers to have received a second jab by this date was 32.2%, the data suggested.

People are identified as at-risk or a carer in a number of ways, including through GP records, those receiving carer’s allowance or on the GP Learning Disability Register, and those identified as unpaid carers by local authorities, NHS England said.

People included in these figures may have been vaccinated as part of another high-priority group such as the clinically extremely vulnerable or healthcare workers, it added.

An estimated 90.2% of frontline NHS trust staff in England had been given both doses of coronavirus vaccine, the figures suggested.

The data only represents those NHS trust healthcare workers who appear in the NHS electronic staff record (ESR) covering all directly employed staff in NHS trusts, with the exception of Chesterfield Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

It does not include data on agency staff and NHS bank staff who are not paid through the ESR, NHS England added.

Some of the healthcare workers may also be counted in other figures, for example if they are clinically extremely vulnerable or are identified as being in an at-risk group or a carer, it said.