Twenty jabs save a life, care staff told in race to get vaccinated

This story was published 23 February 2021

North Yorkshire’s social care leaders are once more appealing to all frontline social care workers across the county to get vaccinated in the fight against Covid-19.

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“It is worth all of us remembering that for every 20 people vaccinated who work and live in a care setting, one life will be saved,” said Rachel Bowes, the County Council’s assistant director for care and support. 

She has urged staff across the care sector to use the national vaccine booking system which the Government has opened up for social care workers, initially for two weeks, a deadline which expires at the end of this week.

Although the take-up rate of vaccination among care staff is higher in North Yorkshire than nationally, County Council leaders want all frontline care staff to be vaccinated – including those working for private providers, day services, domiciliary care and as personal assistants.

“We have been working hard to support frontline social care workers across the county to access the Covid 19 vaccine roll-out and we are making good progress, but we need all staff to be vaccinated and we must keep going to meet the deadline on the booking service”, said Rachel Bowes.

“Frontline care workers are a priority group for vaccination and it is essential we do all we can to keep ourselves, our families, and those we care for as safe as possible and getting vaccinated is one way of doing that.”

“If you are a frontline social care worker and you have not yet had your vaccine or do not have an appointment to be vaccinated I would urge you to arrange a vaccination booking as soon as possible.”

Mike Padgham, chair of the Independent Care Group said: “We fully support North Yorkshire County Council in urging care staff to have the vaccination. We understand that people might be worried about things like side effects, for example, but I feel the benefits far outweigh any such concerns.

“We are seeing the immediate benefit from the vaccination programme, with infection and death rates from Covid-19 coming down across the country and it is vital that we keep up that momentum so that those we care for can get back to normal life as quickly as we can.

“For the health and safety of our clients, colleagues and our families, I urge everyone eligible to have the vaccine.”

County Councillor Michael Harrison, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Adult Services and Health Integration said: “It could not be more critical that care staff take up this opportunity to get a vaccine.  We know that care staff want to do the very best for the people they look after and the best way of caring for them right now is to use the booking system and get a vaccine. Our message is loud and clear.  There is support to help you get a vaccine easily and quickly. Don’t delay.  You could be saving a life.”

The national vaccine booking system can be accessed by front line social care staff.