Care Home COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Report

Report by Healthwatch Bexley presenting the views of local care home staff on having the COVID-19 vaccine
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Healthwatch Bexley recently reported that local care home workers are hesitating to take the COVID-19 vaccine, particularly workers of Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) heritage. According to Healthwatch Bexley, care homes have a duty of care to protect vulnerable care home residents and workers from the virus, and so hesitating to take the COVID-19 vaccine could create issues. 

We are sharing this great report by Healthwatch Bexley to highlight the experience of communities where vaccine update is particularly low. We want to understand the concerns associated with this belief and learn how to support these communities better. 

You can see the original report in this article, or on the Healthwatch Bexley website here

Are you unsure about the COVID-19 jab? 

In February 2021, we organised a public event about the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Royal Greenwich, featuring local NHS experts and answering more than 50 questions from the public about the COVID-19 jab. You can see the full Q&A and a summary of the event on our website.

COVID-19 Vaccination Event Summary

Care Home Staff Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Report - Healthwatch Bexley

Whilst working with the local Care Home Task Force Group, who have been set up to support and guide care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, it became apparent that vaccine hesitancy amongst local care home workers was high, particularly amongst BAME groups.

With many care homes being hit hard with COVID-19 infections, vaccine hesitancy is a concern. Our report looks into what the barriers may be for care home workers receiving the vaccine and the reasons why staff may not want the vaccine.

“I believe it's not necessary for now as it's in the experimental stages and I keep safe.”
— Quote from research participant

Read the full report

See the research findings, conclusion, and recommendations from Healthwatch Bexley about the COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among care home staff, especially those of BAME heritage. 

Care Home Staff Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Report | Healthwatch Bexley

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