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The vaccination rate for staff at older adult care homes is below the level recommended by scientists advising the government in more than half of England’s local authorities, the NHS England figures show.

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies says 80% of care home staff and 90% of residents need to be vaccinated to provide a minimum level of protection against Covid-19 outbreaks.

Figures published show that 76 out of 149 local authorities have not reached this threshold for employees.

Of these, there were 17 areas where less than 70% of staff have had a first jab. Lambeth in south London had the lowest uptake at 52.4%.


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