Up to a fifth of care home staff have refused the offer of a Covid vaccine as bosses are taking legal advice over whether they can force reluctant workers to get the jab.
Data from a number of providers shows between five per cent and 21 per cent of staff offered a vaccine have declined it.
The National Care Association is now seeking legal advice as to whether care home staff can be forced into getting the vaccine.
The Prime Minister has called on everyone to get the jab when it is their turn and care providers say it is vital that staff and residents get the vaccine as soon as possible.
There is currently no regular data from the NHS or Government on how many residents and staff have been given the vaccine, and how many have refused a jab.
Care groups have been calling for daily figures so they can check if the Government is on track to have offered vaccines to all residents by January 24 and address any take-up issues.
It comes as the UK recorded another 1,295 coronavirus deaths and 41,346 new cases on Saturday – as fatalities continue to rise by more than 1,000 for the fifth day in a row.
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