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UK Covid live: some care home staff still waiting for vaccine, says minister, as all residents in England offered first jab


UK Covid live: some care home staff still waiting for vaccine, says minister, as all residents in England offered first jab

Latest updates: government says it has hit target of offering all care home residents in England a first jab

Although ministers often said 31 January was their deadline for offering care home residents in England their first dose of vaccine, the Health Service Journal reported last week that 24 January was set as earlier deadline, and that it was missed. HSJ reported:

The NHS has missed its first deadline for giving an initial dose of vaccine to all older people’s care home residents and staff, and is now working to do so by the end of the month.

An NHS England letter on 13 January said it was “expecting all [primary care] local vaccination services to administer the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine to care home residents and staff… by the end of this week wherever possible and, at the latest, by the end of next week (Sunday 24th January)”.

Central London is well placed to recover from the pandemic in the long term, according to an interim report into the future of the capital’s “central activities zone” (CAZ) published by the mayor, Sadiq Khan, today.

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The report, by consultants from Arup, Gerald Eve and the London School of Economics, says that eventually people will want to return to commuting into central London for work. It says:

The impact of Covid-19 is severe, and is a threat not only to health and to the economy, but to the longer term survival of the CAZ. The pandemic period, and the aftermath, means that London, and Londoners, are suffering badly. Significant job losses have already taken place, and there are more to come in 2021 and 2022.

But beyond that, we suggest that the overall outlook is cautiously positive. Short term (the next two years) there may be an initial inertia and reluctance to commute back to the CAZ (for those who work in sectors or with employers where they have the choice to work from home) and, a possible rise in the popularity of satellite hubs. Beyond this time horizon, indications are that the appetite for the CAZ as a location could actually be strengthened over time.

Early signs are for a ‘flight to quality’ in office space as employers seek to entice workers to return. As such, a return to the office for a sustained period of 3-4 days per week is feasible. In this lower attendance situation, the negative impact on the wider arts and culture, retail and hospitality economy of the CAZ may be mitigated through a broader range of less frequent visitors, who choose to save their retail and leisure spend for the days that they are in town. London may move away from being a market, which you come into for shopping, to being a playground.

If the Government provides the right financial support now, the West End, the capital and the country can recover from this pandemic.

The lifelines of the furlough scheme, the business rates holiday, and the hospitality VAT reduction must continue. 4/4

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