DAUK features in this article that highlights concern about the new variant and the utility of the vaccines.
The article reports that member polling by Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) found 70% of more than 1000 frontline staff did not know when they’d receive the jab.
DAUK has also written to England’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock over concerns that PPE guidance has not been updated to match the increased transmissibility of the new virus variant.
DAUK’s Dr Zainab Najim:
“Without a universal policy to vaccinate frontline patient-facing staff as a priority, and no review of current PPE guidance, we could be facing avoidable staff sickness and absence over the already difficult winter months. We are also concerned that, without escalating the current PPE guidelines, staff themselves will be at risk of not only contracting the virus but passing it onto the vulnerable patient population.”
The article can be found here (registration required).