Covid London: Just half of carers vaccinated in Lambeth care home with South Africa variant outbreak
Added 04-16-21 09:36:03am EST - “NHS England data show that Lambeth, where 23 people, of whom seven had been vaccinated, were infected with the South African Covid variant, has England's lowest vaccine uptake among carers.” - Dailymail.co.uk
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The South African Covid variant has caused an outbreak in a care home in a London borough where only half of staff have been vaccinated - the lowest rate in England.
At least 13 staff and 10 residents in a home in Lambeth, in the south of the capital, tested positive for the mutated strain of the virus this month.
Six of the residents and one of the staff members are believed to have been vaccinated at least two weeks earlier but got infected anyway, while others hadn't been jabbed. Although studies have suggested the jabs are slightly less effective against the variant, scientists expect they will still prevent serious illness and help to stop Covid spreading, but only if uptake is high and communities develop mass protection.
NHS Test & Trace has started surge testing in Lambeth, as well as in nearby Wandsworth and parts of Barnet and Southwark after variant cases were found there, too. There have been a total of 600 found in the UK so far.
Surge testing was already going on in parts of the Harrow and Hillingdon boroughs, and it started up in bits of Sandwell and Birmingham today after cases were discovered there.
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