Swindon hospital staff praised for vaccine uptake

By Barrie Hudson - 13 September 2021


Great Western Hospital staff have been thanked by NHS bosses for their determination to be vaccinated.

  • Swindon's Great Western Hospital

    Swindon's Great Western Hospital

They are among front line health and care workers across the region who have been praised as large numbers of them come forward to have the jabs.

The percentage of NHS workers across the region who have received one dose of the coronavirus jab is currently at 98.

Approximately 97 per cent have received both doses, which is higher than the national average of 88 per cent.

The two separate vaccinations, health chiefs say, ensure that staff not only have the best form of protection against the virus, but are also less likely to pass on covid to patients and colleagues.

Gill May, Director of Nursing and Quality, said: “We know that covid-19, like other respiratory viruses, spreads more easily during the winter and, as we approach these colder months, the need for our health and care workers to be fully vaccinated has never been greater.

“It is really important to us that our fantastic health and care staff are kept safe, and I’d strongly urge any person yet to have the vaccine to come forward.

“As health and care professionals, we also have a duty to keep this awful virus away from the very people we are looking after, and the covid-19 vaccine is a simple and safe way for us to do exactly that.”

Vaccine uptake among staff working in care homes has been lower than their NHS counterparts, with approximately 91 per cent of care home staff having received one jab and 83 per cent having had both.

Leaders are now calling on any care workers yet to be vaccinated to come forward without delay.

Earlier this year, the Government introduced new legislation which requires all care home staff working in CQC-regulated care homes in England to be fully vaccinated by Thursday, 11 November, unless exempt.

To meet the November deadline, those yet to receive a coronavirus jab must have their first dose by Thursday, 16 September.

In recent weeks, the CCG, local authorities and care home managers have been working together to encourage workers to take up the vaccine offer, and this collaboration will continue throughout September and October.

Vaccine information sessions have been held at care homes across the region, alongside individual meetings with staff, and teams are now exploring the possibility of running pop-up vaccine clinics in care homes where uptake has been lower than expected.

Dozens of coronavirus vaccine clinics remain open across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire, with many now offering people the opportunity to walk-in without an appointment.

Details of these sites can be found online at www.nhs.uk
Further local information about the vaccination programme is also available at www.bswccg.nhs.uk


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