Swine flu vaccination priority for care workers welcomed
A government announcement that social care workers will be among the first to be offered vaccination against swine flu has been welcomed by the National Care Association (NCA).
The vaccination against swine flu of frontline social care workers is a significant new step we welcome,’ said NCA chief executive Sheila Scott, following Secretary of State Andy Burnham’s outlining of the initial groups to be prioritised for swine flu vaccination.
‘NCA policy is reflected in the Government’s wise decision to take special measures to protect the care sector, which is recognised as a vulnerable group at increased risk of infection or of transmitting that infection to patients or residents.
‘It is essential that our vital sector remains resilient, and resistant to this virus to enable our continuing care for elderly people and other vulnerable clients in our care. The group most at risk has been identified as care home staff in residential/nursing homes who provide personal care to residents.’
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