Care homes across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent offered COVID vaccination protection

Every care home for older residents in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has now been offered COVID-19 vaccination.

With around 330 eligible care homes in the area it represents a major undertaking for the largest ever vaccination programme.

Dr Paddy Hannigan, Clinical Lead for the programme said: “We started vaccinating in care homes just a couple of days before Christmas, so to have achieved this by the beginning of February is an incredible result.

“Our care homes are crucial to the way we are dealing with the pandemic. They are home to some of our most vulnerable citizens and they are a crucial part of our health and care network.

“A small number of care home have had their visits deferred by local directors of public health for safety reasons during a local outbreak. Those homes will be visited and jabbed as soon as NHS staff are allowed to do so. We know which these homes are and we are in regular touch with them.

"We will continue to work hard over the coming weeks, to deliver the Government’s target that the most vulnerable are vaccinated by mid-February. This includes revisiting the small number of care homes whose residents could not have the vaccine yet due to COVID-19.”

Work in care homes will continue with administration of the second dose and rolling the programme out to people with learning disabilities living in care homes and supported living settings.