Calling all Lauriem Care Workers, the time has arrived to book your Covid-19 vaccination!
We are working hard to reach 100% vaccination levels across the company and are currently at 70%. A huge thank you goes out to those Care Workers who have already received their first dose.
Those who are yet to receive their first vaccination dose, we understand that you may have certain questions or apprehensions. As such, we please to provide the following FAQ:
- Why it’s important to get your COVID-19 vaccination:
If you’re a key worker, you are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 at work. Healthcare workers and those working in social care (particularly in care homes) are at much higher risk of repeated exposure to the infection.
Catching COVID-19 can be serious and may lead to long term complications. These are more common in older staff or those with underlying clinical risk factors.
You can have COVID-19 without any symptoms and pass it on to family, friends and patients, many of whom may be at increased risk from coronavirus. Being healthy doesn’t reduce your risk of catching COVID-19 or passing it on.
With high rates of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to help stop the spread of coronavirus, to avoid pressure on the NHS and to keep the health and social care workforce healthy.
- Will the vaccine protect you?
The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from COVID-19 disease. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective and it takes a few weeks for your body to build up protection from the vaccine. Some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should lessen the severity of any infection
The vaccine has been shown to be effective and no safety concerns were seen in studies of more than 20,000 people.
- Will the vaccine protect those you care for?
The evidence on whether COVID-19 vaccination reduces the chance of you passing on the virus is less clear. Most vaccines reduce the overall risk of infection, but some vaccinated people may get mild or asymptomatic infection and therefore be able to pass the virus on.
It is highly likely that any infection in a vaccinated person will be less severe and that viral shedding will be shortened. We therefore expect that vaccinated health and care staff will be less likely to pass infection to their friends and family and to the vulnerable people that they care for.
- Where can I get my Covid-19 vaccine?
Multiple sites are providing the vaccination across the county, please contact the office for more information.
- Is it compulsory to have the vaccine if I am a care worker?
It is NOT compulsory to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, but it is highly recommended to reduce the potential risk to yourself, your family members and our Service Users. Additionally, we cannot be certain that the Covid-19 vaccination will not become a mandatory requirement for Care Workers at a later date.
We hope that the above answers alleviate any concerns you might have, but please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone call on 01622 716780 if you have any further questions and we would be more than happy to respond.
Together we can help eliminate the threat of Covid-19.