Scores of staff at hospitals serving Hartlepool have no virus jab
Scores of health care workers at hospitals serving Hartlepool have yet to have a coronavirus jab, new figures show.
Latest NHS England figures show that, of the 5,778 health care workers at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, 5,504 (95.3%) had received their first dose of the vaccine by the end of September – meaning 274 workers are still unvaccinated.
The figures also show 92.1% of staff had received both doses.
Nationally, 110,000 health care workers not vaccinated.
Around 92.4% of staff have had at least one dose, and 89% both.
The Royal College of GPs has strongly urged all health and care professionals to be vaccinated, saying it will help protect them, their colleagues and their patients from contracting Covid-19.
However, Prof Martin Marshall, chair of the Royal College of GPs, added: "Whilst we understand the desire of some people to make vaccination mandatory, we don’t agree with it as informed and educated choices about health interventions would be more beneficial long-term than enforcing them, which risks leading to resentment and mistrust."
Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: "Making Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for frontline workers could have its advantages in the NHS but the Government needs to carry out a full risk assessment to ensure there was no adverse impact on staff retention and recruitment at a time when the NHS is facing a significant increase in demand for its services.”
A Department of Health and Social Care spokeswoman said: “We are continuing to encourage the small minority of NHS staff who have not yet been jabbed to consider getting vaccinated to protect both themselves and patients.”