Posted on Wednesday 8th September 2021
Dr Johnny McMahon, Cabinet Support Member for Public Health and Integrated Care
The thousands of people who work in Staffordshire’s care homes have been thanked for the “phenomenal” way they have cared for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities during the pandemic.
More than 10,000 people work in 249 care homes across Staffordshire, delivering vital care and support for residents.
Dr Johnny McMahon, Cabinet Support Member for Public Health and Integrated Care, has thanked them for the way they have risen to the unprecedented challenges of the last 18 months.
He also praised them for getting vaccinated to ensure care homes are as safe as possible for employees and residents. As of 1 September, according to data from care homes, the huge majority of care home staff in the county had got their first jab (92.5%), with 83.5% now fully vaccinated.
Johnny reminded those care home workers who have yet to get their first jab to do so as soon as possible. A new regulation from the Government means that all care home staff, unless exempt, must be fully vaccinated by 11 November – and must have had their first dose by 16 September.
Dr Johnny McMahon said:
“Throughout the pandemic, care home workers have done a phenomenal job to support and protect those most at risk from Covid. They’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep those they care for safe in incredibly challenging circumstances. I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done and continue to do.
“Vaccination is the best way that care home workers can keep themselves and those they care for safe, so I’m delighted to see the large numbers getting their first and second jabs in Staffordshire. To those care home staff yet to have their first jab, please make sure you get it by Thursday 16 September, so that you can meet the legal requirements in time.”
Details on how to book your vaccine, or your nearest walk-in clinic, can be found on the NHS national booking system or by calling 119.