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Covid: Care staff vaccinations 'lagging behind target'

Covid: Care staff vaccinations 'lagging behind target'

There is a worrying shortfall in the number of care staff to have had Covid vaccinations, a survey of almost 1,500 services in the UK suggests. Nearly half of care homes for older people have more than 30% of staff who are as yet unvaccinated, according to the research from earlier this week. And uptake for staff supporting people in their own homes and those working with younger adults is even lower.A target of 15 February has been set to vaccinate all front-line care workers.But only half the care homes for older people to respond to the survey by the National Care Forum, which represents...

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Coronavirus: Rapid tests in care homes a 'game-changer'

Coronavirus: Rapid tests in care homes a 'game-changer'

Rapid Covid tests in care homes could be a game-changer for vulnerable people and their families, say researchers. Access to fast tests will make it easier for relatives to visit care home residents isolated by the pandemic.A trial suggests tests by staff are as accurate as those done in hospitals, says lead researcher Prof Adam Gordon of Nottingham University. In time, tests could be offered not just to residents and staff but also to relatives and friends, he says.Staff at four care homes in England have been trained to carry out and analyse the tests as part of a trial.Many care homes...

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