Hundreds of Peterborough health workers unvaccinated

Hundreds of health workers at North West Anglia Trust and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trust are yet to receive a vaccine, figures show.

Friday, 29th October 2021, 2:57 pm
Hundreds of health care workers at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trust and North West Anglia Trust are yet to receive a coronavirus vaccine, figures show.
Hundreds of health care workers at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trust and North West Anglia Trust are yet to receive a coronavirus vaccine, figures show.

Hundreds of health care workers at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trust and North West Anglia Trust are yet to receive a coronavirus vaccine, figures show.

The Government is soon to announce its decision on whether to make vaccines mandatory for frontline NHS staff, though several leading health bodies have cautioned against doing so.

NHS England figures published for the first time show that of the 5,014 health care workers at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, 4,726 (94.3%) had been given their first dose of the vaccine by the end of September.

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Though this is above the average for NHS trusts across England, it means 288 workers are still unvaccinated.

The figures also show 4,603 (91.8%) had received both doses at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

NHS England figures published for the first time show that of the 7,594 health care workers at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, 7,131 (93.9%) had been given their first dose of the vaccine by the end of September.

Though this is above the average for NHS trusts across England, it means 463 workers are still unvaccinated.

The figures also show 6,939 (91.4%) had received both doses at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust.

Across England, 110,000 healthcare workers have not had a vaccine.

A government consultation on whether to make vaccines mandatory for health workers closes on October 22. It also questions whether flu vaccines should be a requirement.

The Royal College of GPs strongly urged all health and care professionals to be vaccinated, saying it will help protect them, their colleagues and their patients from contracting Covid-19.

However, Professor Martin Marshall, chair of the Royal College of GPs, added: “Whilst we understand the desire of some people to make vaccination mandatory, we don’t agree with it as informed and educated choices about health interventions would be more beneficial long-term than enforcing them, which risks leading to resentment and mistrust.

“There are also workforce implications to consider at a time when we need as many people as possible working in general practice and across the health and care sectors delivering essential patient care and services.”

Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “Where uptake needs to increase, leaders are working with their teams ensuring they are fully supported.

“Making Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for frontline workers could have its advantages in the NHS but the Government needs to carry out a full risk assessment including timeframes to ensure there was no adverse impact on staff retention and recruitment at a time when the NHS is facing significant demand for its services.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokeswoman said: “We continue to encourage the small minority of NHS staff who have not yet been jabbed to consider getting vaccinated to protect both themselves and patients.”