Is there no end to the indignity endured by our loved ones in care homes?

They suffered – and up to 20,000 tragically died – during the pandemic because of scandalously callous decisions made by Health Secretary Matt Hancock and ministers.

Now they are being treated unfairly when it comes to getting the Covid vaccine.

The Government – through experts on the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation – says they should be first in the queue because they are the most vulnerable.

Of course they should.

Old people have been isolated from their families, or fought for their lives in care homes where they should have been safe (file photo)

But it turns out those most vulnerable of all are likely to be at the back of the queue.

Technical problems with the Pfizer jab mean it won’t be able to be taken into residential homes.

It may be a day out for them. But for the bedridden, ailing and those suffering mental illness it will mean staying behind, left wondering about their fate.

And, perhaps despairingly, wondering: why?

The technical problem was known about weeks ago.

Even as ministers were emphasising the priority being given to care home staff and residents because of their vulnerability, Boris Johnson was warning of the “tough logistics” involved.

They knew, yet they cruelly raised hopes only to dash them just when the vaccine came within reach.

Scientists are now battling to find a solution to opening the Pfizer freezer trays in the special transport boxes so that small doses can be taken into care homes.

Good, but too late.

Such unthinking, heartless thoughtlessness is only too typical of this Government’s attitude to the elderly.