Number 10 has pointed the finger at local health bosses for not offering every care home resident a coronavirus vaccine by the end of January. The Government target had been to get vaccines to all people living in care homes in England by the end of January. And NHS England today claimed it had hit the goal with the caveat of ‘every eligible care home’. Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to celebrate the milestone at a 5pm Downing Street press conference this evening. But the Prime Minister’s spokesman admitted a ‘small number’ of care homes have had their visits ‘briefly delayed’. The decision was ‘made by local directors of public health for safety reasons due to local outbreaks’. They said: ‘But those care homes will be visited and jabbed as soon as the NHS staff are able to go into those homes and do so.’ It comes after England’s minister for social care also admitted that the NHS has not offered Covid jabs to everyone living in care homes. Helen Whately said ineligible homes were ones that were mid-way through Covid outbreaks and deemed unsafe for vaccination teams to go into. The NHS bragged that almost 10,000 homes have been… Read full this story
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