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In order to continue protecting the children and young people, our staff and their families, staff directly supporting the children and young people continue to wear PPE and the office workers continue to work from home where possible, coming in on a rota basis, to reduce the risk of spreading the infection. Social distancing, mask-wearing and sanitizing hands has become the norm for everyone and the continued low rates of infection amongst our CHF community clearly demonstrate that these precautions do work.

Over 90% of our staff have now received their first vaccinations, and almost 80% have received their second. We are encouraging those who are yet to have theirs to get them booked as soon as possible.   We have worked particularly hard with staff working in our Futures bungalows who must, by law,  be double vaccinated by 11 November 2021 and are pleased to confirm that all relevant staff have now received both vaccinations.   Vaccination status is now checked at recruitment stage to ensure that new recruits are placed in the appropriate department.  Everyone is still being encouraged to remain cautious when away from work and to continue testing regularly.

We are currently running our on-site flu vaccination programme to enable staff to receive a free flu vaccination; recent research has shown people infected with both flu and COVID-19 are more than twice as likely to become extremely ill as someone with COVID-19 alone and nearly six times more likely than those with neither flu nor COVID-19 and we are strongly encouraging staff to take this opportunity to protect themselves.

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