Councillors Stephanie Nunn and Barry Mugglestone have stepped in to help elderly Elm Park residents that are housebound and as a result have not had their vaccination jab.
The Elm Park councillors were contacted by family of elderly residents who were due to have their Covid jab but had not received it due to being housebound.
Councillor Nunn told the Havering Daily: “We had a call from a resident’s son to say his mother, who is 94 had not received an invitation for a Covid vaccination. When they had chased this up at the doctor’s surgery, they were told that “housebound” people were not receiving vaccinations. Myself and Councillor Mugglestone queried this at the surgery and was told they were following government guidelines.
“Also, a resident who is 93 advised me she was concerned that she had not received an appointment for a vaccination, so she called her GP’s surgery to be told she would not receive a vaccination as she was “housebound” – but she isn’t!”
Following these issues in their ward, the two councillors emailed Dr Mark Ansell, the Director of Public Health in Havering.
Please see his response below.
Dear Cllr Mugglestone
NEL CCGs have stated that they aim to have offered a vaccine, by mid-February 2021, to all housebound patients in priority groups 1-4 (everyone aged 70 and above or who is clinically extremely vulnerable plus health and social care workers).
I’ve asked if they can provide more detail e.g. when this will start and how the housebound will be identified.
I’ll update as soon as I hear more.
The two councillors also contacted the local MP Jon Cruddas who gave the following response:
“Was on a call with the health leads across NE London this morning and it was raised.
“The response was that a Standard Operating Procedure for housebound has just been agreed based around a ‘roving model’ which will begin this week and into next week. The housebound will be dealt with through the GPs but backed up by ‘roving teams’ in each area – basically we should start to see this sorted this week.”
Councillor Nunn finished by saying: “They reiterated the point that by mid February 15 – all top four groups will have been done – so let’s keep an eye on it for the next week and hopefully it will be resolved.”