More than half of Stourbridge’s care homes have either received or are about to receive the Covid vaccination for staff and residents, MP Suzanne Webb has discovered.
Suzanne and her team called all 17 homes in the constituency with residents presently in them to find out how the vaccine rollout was progressing.
Of that total, 13 responded and nine said the jabs for residents and carers had either been administered or would be in the coming days.
Three others said they had no dates for the vaccinations but they were in contact with their GP surgery and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Only one has not received any contact from a surgery or the CCG and Suzanne’s office has contacted the CCG to find out what has happened.
“I am very pleased with the progress so far as care home residents are the most vulnerable in our community and they and the staff who look after them are in the government’s top four vaccination priorities,” said Suzanne.
“However, I will continue to monitor the situation and I was a little concerned to discover one home had not received any contact. This is now being chased up by my team.
“The vaccine programme is a big logistical task but it is absolutely vital to get our care home residents and other vulnerable categories vaccinated as quickly as possible. Doing so will save lives and help chart a path out of lockdown for the country.”
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has said it is aiming for all care home residents to have been offered vaccines by the end of January.