Figures reveal around one in eight care home workers in Cumbria have not had a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

A five-week consultation on mandatory jabs has been launched following concerns about whether enough carers have been vaccinated to stop the virus spreading to residents.

But the government's move has provoked criticism from trade union Unison which said mandatory vaccinations could "backfire" and lead to a staffing shortage.In Cumbria, 4,773 out of 5,505 eligible staff, including agency workers, at older adult care homes had received a first dose by April 11, according to latest NHS figures – meaning 13 per cent have not had a jab. The unvaccinated proportion has reduced slightly from four weeks previously, when it was 15 per cent.

Across the North West, 17 per cent of eligible care home workers had not been vaccinated by April 11, while across England that figure stood at 21 per cent.