- Figures show 6 weeks into the Covid Booster campaign, only four in 10 frontline NHS staff opted to get the jab
- The group of doctors most likely to have boosters was still less than half of the total workforce
- Data from some of the largest trusts in the country shows that 80% of some employees don’t have a booster jab
Official figures show that around 500,000 frontline NHS workers – the equivalent of six in 10 – failed to receive their COVID boosters in the first six weeks.
The shocking figure comes amid calls from leaders from NHS England, including chief executive Amanda Pritchard, that the public should get its third pocket to save healthcare this winter.
But according to NHS figures, only 33,000 of the 825,000 frontline health workers in England had received a critical third dose by 31 October, compared to the first they were started on 16 September.
By the end of last month, only 45 per cent of the country’s doctors were promoted and only 38 per cent of nurses were triple-pocketed – many of whom work with patients who are vulnerable to Covid. NHS England said the proportion of all NHS staff is now around three quarters.
Separate but more up-to-date data also showed that only 29 percent of care home workers had received a booster jab as of November 21.
NHS staff were among the first in the UK to be offered a COVID vaccine from the end of 2020, meaning they were first eligible for a booster when the third dose was approved in December.
Health and care workers were prioritized for COVID vaccines to not only protect them from the virus, but to reduce the chances of spreading them to patients, especially those with health conditions that could cause them to become infected. can be sensitive to.
A ‘no jab, no job’ policy was introduced in care homes earlier this month, meaning any staff member who was not double-vaccinated had to be fired. Some 60,000 workers are believed to have been thrown out the door.
And the same mandate will be introduced into healthcare on April 1, but whether the government enacts rules for booster vaccines remains to be seen.
Data shows that protection against infection from two jabs drops significantly over six months — about 40 percent for AstraZeneca and 50-60 percent with Pfizer or Moderna. A booster boosts it to about 90 percent.
Dr Simon Clark, a microbiologist at the University of Reading, told MailOnline that the numbers were “very low” and that staff were “putting people at risk”.
An NHS spokesman told MailOnline that three-quarters of frontline staff had now been stepped up, but failed to provide official figures.
He said: ‘This data is now almost a month old and as of yesterday three quarters of employees have now got their boosters.’
He told MailOnline that late last month not all employees would be eligible, and many would have booked their booster doses even if they didn’t have one at the time.
New government data showed that only 40 percent of frontline NHS staff directly involved with patient care have completed their third job for six weeks into the COVID Booster campaign.
All staff groups involved in direct patient care reported a COVID booster uptake below 50 percent. Doctors were most likely to receive the third vaccine dose, followed by qualified clinical staff, a group that included midwives and paramedics, nurses, and finally support staff such as health care assistants.
Dr Clarke said: ‘It’s putting people at risk. I find it odd that people would have had both jabs and be reluctant to take boosters, although this may be due to the fact that they haven’t been offered one yet.
‘It’s always worth reminding people that the vaccine doesn’t necessarily prevent you from passing COVID to someone else, but it does prevent you from getting it in the first place.
‘A lot of Covid has been taken from the community to hospitals during the pandemic and with no encouragement, staff can pick it up easily.’
Ms Pritchard and other NHS leaders told Britons they needed to get boosters to save the NHS, with Dr Clarke saying: ‘It’s a little rich. He should push for the NHS to raise its booster level, but at the same time the public has something to play for.’
The UK Health Protection Agency (UKHSA) Staff Immunization Report, which includes data supplied by 157 of the 215 NHS trusts in England, is a detailed analysis of the immunization of health care workers in England.
Doctors were most likely to be their boosters, with 45.6 percent getting the third jab, followed by professionally qualified clinical staff — a group that includes midwives and paramedics — at 39.4 percent.
They were followed by nurses (37.4 percent) and finally support workers, such as health care assistants (31.7 percent).
Among some of the country’s largest trusts, such as the Manchester University Foundation Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals, which employ nearly 40,000 frontline health workers, less than one in five have received a COVID booster.
Official data shows less than 30% of care home staff have taken their vaccine booster dose
Official data shows that less than three out of ten caring home workers have offered a COVID vaccine booster dose.
Data from NHS England shows that only 132,000 out of about 460,000 care home staff (28.8 per cent) had had a third jab by 21 November – the health department urged all eligible Britons to come forward for a booster before 11 December. was requested.
About 93.5 percent of employees have taken their second dose and most will be eligible as early as the booster rollout since they were offered their first dose in December last year.
Care homes in London had the lowest offtake in the country with only 20 per cent of staff booking their booster shots. More than 27,000 care workers in the capital have not received a third dose.