Compulsory vaccinations will worsen the already disastrous staff shortage, and risk making life worse for residents
When the government announced it was going ahead with the mandatory vaccination of staff in older people’s care homes in England, it wasn’t a surprise. At least 40,000 care home residents have died of Covid-19 so far in England and Wales, along with hundreds of valiant workers.
Surely we have to do everything feasible to prevent these figures going even higher as a result of the Delta variant, or any future variants. There’s no doubt that this is what the government is seeking to achieve in moving to a compulsory vaccination approach – it’s a defensive strategy, based on the fear of a challenging winter battling coronavirus, plus maybe seasonal flu, to come.