Care providers will continue to receive free personal protective equipment (PPE) until the end of June.
The scheme, which was originally announced to be rolled out over winter, has been extended to support the sector during the country’s period of vaccination and mass testing.
As part of its vaccination strategy, the government will publish its Covid-19 UK vaccines delivery plan later today (11 January).
Vaccinations will be offered to people in the top four priority groups by 15 February.
This is all residents in a care home for older adults and their carers; all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers; and all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals.
North Yorkshire provider Saint Cecilia’s Care Group has seen two of its facilities receive Covid-19 vaccinations, including 18 residents at its care home, 29 residents at its nursing home, and 89 members of staff.
‘It is a tremendous relief to finally get some of our residents and staff long-awaited and vital protection against Covid-19,’ said Mike Padgham, managing director of Saint Cecilia’s.
‘The last ten months have been a living nightmare for those of us caring for older and vulnerable people and today marks a huge stride towards a return to normality for us.
‘I am delighted for our residents and the staff and for their families too. And I hope all care and nursing home residents and all vulnerable people in the community and those who care for them will be getting theirs as well.’