Welsh government officials are urging care professionals to have the COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered to them.
Albert Heaney, the Deputy Director General of Health and Social Care services in Wales, along with Frank Atherton, the Chief Medical Officer, and others, have written to social care workers, stating that it is their “professional responsibility” to take up this offer.
“We strongly urge all of you to accept the two dose vaccination course when offered, in order to give you immunity and ensure you can be protected whilst you care for vulnerable patients and clients,” the letter said.
“As health and social care workers, we can set a powerful example to the other groups that have been prioritised as at highest risk. When we are vaccinated, we protect ourselves and it is hoped to also reduce the risks of passing life-threatening COVID-19 to our patients, clients and our families. I hope you will join us, and many other colleagues in doing the right thing and supporting the vaccination campaign when you are called. There will also be opportunities to assist with the effort locally for many.”
The letter follows an update from United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA), stating that home care employers expect a high uptake of the vaccine when it is offered to their staff.