Hundreds of thousands of social care staff in England have not yet received a coronavirus vaccine, figures suggest.
Friends and relatives who provide essential care to care home residents should be allowed to continue visiting if the home has a coronavirus outbreak unless there is a specific reason not to, new guidance says.
Care home residents in the north-east have been reunited with their families as in-person visiting has resumed this week.
One of the UK’s biggest care home groups is selling 52 of its homes and closing four so it can “better meet” current and future care needs.
Care homes in Scotland are set to allow visitors in for the first time in 2021.
Unacceptable blanket bans on care home visits are in operation in England contrary to Government guidance, the care watchdog has said.
Some care home residents will be able to receive personal care and help washing, eating and dressing from their loved ones during visits, the Government has said.
A woman who has not been able to visit her 91-year-old mother since November has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to give families a legal right to “meaningful” contact with loved ones in care homes.
Indoor visiting of care home residents will resume next month.
Regular visiting will resume in Scottish care homes from early March, with residents allowed to have two designated visitors each.
Plans for visits to care homes allowing hand-holding have been given a cautious welcome by organisations in the sector.
Care home residents will be allowed to hold hands with a regular indoor visitor from March 8 under the Government’s plan to ease lockdown restrictions in England.
Work is ongoing to return regular visiting to care homes in Scotland following the Covid lockdown, with progress expected "very soon."
The daughter of a care home resident has said she believes reopening homes for physical visits would save her mother’s life.
One of the UK’s largest care home providers has said it is considering whether staff who have refused a vaccine for non-medical reasons can continue in roles where they are in contact with residents.
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has suggested that accessibility issues and hesitancy over safety are behind lower uptake of coronavirus vaccines among social care workers.
Downing Street has urged care home staff to get vaccinated after it emerged that around a third of social care staff have not received a coronavirus jab.
Jeane Freeman has rejected as "absolute nonsense" claims the Scottish Government spent days "plotting how to spin" a report on hospital patients being discharged into care homes.
The Scottish Tories have accused ministers of spinning a report into hospital discharges to care homes, a claim the Health Secretary has branded “nonsense”.
There is “a lot of work” to be done to encourage social care staff to get a coronavirus vaccine, a care chief executive has said.
Relatives of care home residents who provide essential help must be reunited with their loved ones by March, campaigners say.
Nine in 10 eligible residents of older adult care homes have had their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, figures show.
Scotland’s vaccine rollout co-ordinators are “motoring through” the remaining priority groups, Nicola Sturgeon said as the pace of jabs increases.
The Prime Minister has said people must remain “very cautious” around visiting elderly relatives because “far too many” deaths of older people are still occurring.
Michael Gove says the devolved governments are "working as one United Kingdom".
A national care service should be established in Scotland on an equal footing with the NHS, a review has found.
Weekly registered deaths of care home residents involving coronavirus have passed 2,000 and are at their highest level since the end of April, new figures show.
The Prime Minister has said there has been a recent “big increase” in the uptake of vaccinations by care home staff, as he announced that all older care home residents in England had been offered a jab.
Efforts to vaccinate care workers should be stepped up, industry leaders said as the Government claimed a “crucial milestone” had been reached with all older care home residents in England offered a jab.
One year ago, 84-year-old Peter Attwood, from Chatham in Kent, died with coronavirus in what is the earliest known death involving Covid-19 on UK soil.