Alzheimer's Society urges Government to 'pick up the pace' when it comes to the COVID-19 booster roll out in care homes

NHS England's latest vaccination data released today (09/12/21) shows a quarter of people in care homes have still not received their COVID-19 booster vaccination, despite the government's promise for everyone to be offered the jab by 1 November 2021.

James White, Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns at Alzheimer's Society, said:

'As the over 40s begin to book their boosters, there's huge concern that a quarter (24.6%) of people in care homes still haven't received theirs, despite the serious threat posed by this new, highly transmissible variant.'
'NHS England promised to provide all care home residents with a booster jab by 1 November and yet, almost six weeks later, thousands are still waiting for it.'

While we support the quick rollout across all the ages, we urgently need to see the Government pick up the pace and ensure our most vulnerable are protected as a priority. There can be no excuse for a repeat of the devastation families faced last winter.

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