NHS announces Covid booster jab teams have visited every care home in England | NHS

NHS vaccination teams have visited all care homes across the country to offer Covid boosters and flu jabs.

A total of 15,019 care homes have been visited by vaccination teams – with 88.6% of eligible residents boosted, NHS England said.

This includes hundreds of homes that had to have visits rearranged due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Residents who have not yet received the booster can receive one either through a vaccination team returning to a home, through their GP or via the national booking service.

NHS National Medical Director Prof Sir Stephen Powis said: “I am delighted that our dedicated NHS staff have been able to enter every care home in England over the past 12 weeks to ensure residents are protected before Christmas, meaning they can spend much needed time with family and friends without the anxiety of spreading Covid and its potential consequences.

“It is fantastic that so many residents are already up to date with their jabs and I would urge everyone eligible to get vaccinated as soon as possible as we move into colder months where we notoriously see increased illness and hospitalization – particularly among the elderly.”

The NHS Director of Vaccinations and Screening, Steve Russell, said: “Care home residents are among those we prioritized at the start of this rollout to ensure our hard-working teams of vaccinators could reach as many care homes and provide protection as many residents saw As soon as possible.

“We have now visited all care homes to offer life-saving protection against Covid just in time to ensure loved ones can spend time together this Christmas and I would encourage anyone who is eligible but has not yet had the jab to book an appointment now.”

The number of people in hospital with Covid in England has risen 22% in one week, according to the latest figures.

Covid infection levels are on the rise across most of the UK again, with an estimated 1.3 million people in private households testing positive in the week to December 5. This is up 16% from 1.1 million last week.

The NHS is also encouraging those who are eligible to get the flu vaccine. Flu is now “widely circulating” across the country, with a sharp rise in hospital cases last week, particularly among over-85s and children under five, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

Powis said: “Although we have seen a resurgence of flu and other winter illnesses this year, there are still around 6,000 patients in hospital with Covid, which is why it has been so important that we protect those most vulnerable to the disease with a booster. , including people living in care homes.”

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