Fifth of care home residents in England awaiting first Covid jab
Nearly a fifth of care home residents in England are awaiting their first dose of Covid vaccine, according to the NHS.
Eighty-one per cent of residents received a first jab of Covid vaccine as of 31 January, the latest NHS data shows.
In all, 236,499 of residents out of a total 290,911 had been given a first dose by the end of last month.
The NHS said 90.9 per cent of the 260,060 eligible residents have had a jab.
Eligible residents are identified by care homes for older people via the Capacity Tracker, excluding residents who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 28 days and on clinical grounds should not currently receive the vaccine.
The number of eligible residents also includes care homes who had visits deferred by local directors of public health for safety reasons during a local outbreak.
There are 10,413 older adult care homes in England, of which 10,321 – equivalent to 99.1 per cent - have been visited by the NHS.