Oxford Care Home Sees First Residents and Staff Vaccinated
Residents and staff at a Cumnor Hill care home have joined the largest ever vaccination programme in British history – and been given their COVID-19 jabs.
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus including residents and staff in care homes.
Clinical Lead nurse at Chawley Grove Care Home, Emma Fielder, said it was a ‘wonderful’ moment to welcome the vaccination team into the home and felt it was a hugely positive step following a challenging year.
She said: “I feel like we all breathed a collective sigh of relief when we started to see the vaccinations being given to residents.
“It was actually quite emotional seeing many of our residents receive the vaccine, this is the very first step to ensuring they can soon hug their loved ones again and lead the life they wish to. It’s been incredible.
“It is the start of better times and hopefully people can begin to get their lives back to some kind of normality.
“And for staff there is a sense of comfort as the vaccine will hopefully protect us as well as the people we care for, enabling us to work even more effectively caring for some of society’s most vulnerable people.”
More than two million people in the UK have now been vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccines since the vaccination programme began in December 2020 and the early new year after regulators approved them for use.
A third vaccine, the Moderna vaccine, has also just been approved and is expected to be rolled out later this spring. The Government has promised to establish more than 2,700 vaccine sites across the UK in a giant effort to vaccinate the country.
The UK regulator and joint committee on Vaccination and Immunisation have assessed the vaccines to be safe and able to offer a high level of protection against becoming severely unwell with Coronavirus.
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