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Mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations come into effect for care staff in Lincolnshire

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Mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for care staff haven't resulted in a mass exodus in Lincolnshire but could still have a negative impact, according to an industry leader.

Today (Thursday), Government guidelines came into effect making a double-jab a requirement for any workers or volunteers entering a care home.

Melanie Weatherley, chair of the Lincolnshire Care Association, says our county has been lucky that a high uptake means there wasn't a huge drop-off today.

Mandatory vaccines for care staff came into effect today
Mandatory vaccines for care staff came into effect today

"The workforce in Lincolnshire seems to have rallied round, and even of the people who didn’t want a vaccine lots of them have had one," she said.

"That’s because they want to do their job more than they don’t want a vaccine.

"People have lost maybe one or two members of staff, which is one or two more than you would want. But it’s not caused any operational issues.

"There are some really difficult emotional issues, with people having to say goodbye to colleagues who actually do a really good job but just didn’t want to be vaccinated.

"I’m amazed at the way people who weren’t really comfortable at the idea of being vaccinated have done it anyway."

Mrs Weatherley says the likes of confidential one-to-one discussions have helped staff members, with support from health colleagues going a long way to easing their worries.

However, she admits losing any staff member comes as a blow in the current climate.

"Certainly not at the moment when we don’t have enough anyway. It’s not a nice thing," she said.

"I also think some people will have left before now. They’ll have just gone and got another job.

"So we didn’t have the cliff edge of hundreds and hundreds of people going today or yesterday."

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