We have welcomed government plans to ensure that all staff are vaccinated against Covid.
Anne Taylor, chief executive said it was important for the safety of residents and staff that everyone has received the vaccination.
“We believe that anyone working in a care environment should be vaccinated and by ensuring care home staff are protected is a step in the right direction,” she said.
“All of our staff have been vaccinated or are due to be vaccinated against Covid and this measure is in line with our mission and values which places the comfort and care of residents and staff at the heart of Thorngate.”
She said that staff employed at Russell Churcher Court have supported the vaccination programme and new employees joining from outside a care environment will also be vaccinated.
“We have been operating a compulsory vaccination scheme for new staff since February and have worked closely with existing staff and new employees to overcome any concerns and to get everyone vaccinated as quickly as possible. Their incredible dedication and commitment to protecting residents has been tremendous,” said Anne.
“At Thorngate we are committed to providing the highest standards of professional care in a supportive, respectful and friendly community so it makes sense to do everything we can to protect our residents and provide as safe a working environment as possible for our staff.”
Anne’s support follows news from the government that care home workers will face compulsory vaccinations, a move announced this week following extensive public consultation with thousands of staff, providers, residents and families.
The new legislation means from October – subject to Parliamentary approval and a subsequent 16-week grace period – anyone working in a CQC-registered care home in England for residents requiring nursing or personal care must have two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine unless they have a medical exemption.