SCIE response to news of vaccines in care homes in England

01 February 2021

A Covid-19 vaccine has been offered to residents at every eligible care home in England. Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) Chief Executive Kathryn Smith says:

This is really encouraging news and I’m sure it will be a huge relief to many people living in care homes and their relatives. We’ve said from the start of the pandemic that all care settings are likely to be supporting people who are the most vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19. The sooner that all care home residents and staff can get a vaccine the better, so that Covid-19 cases can start dropping as soon as possible. However, we are still calling for vaccinations in all care settings, including home care, where the consequences of infection can be just as devastating as in care homes.

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