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Covid vaccinations commence in care homes

30th December 2020 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

Residents and staff in three Leicester care homes will receive the first dose of their vaccination against Covid-19 today.

Older people in care homes have been identified as one of the top priority groups for this vaccine by the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations.

Everdale Grange Nursing Home, Meadow’s Court Residential Home and Western Park View Nursing Home will be the first care homes to receive their vaccines.

Two groups of GP practices, known as primary care networks, will be administering them: Leicester City South and Leicester Health Focus. They have already successfully delivered the first dose of the vaccine to patients aged 80 and over who are registered with practices in their group.

The vaccine will be delivered to primary care networks in small batches and transported to the care homes the same day using temperature controlled cool boxes.

Some care home residents have already been vaccinated by GP practices, where residents were able to be transported into the practice. The ability to take the vaccine directly to the patients is a huge step forward in reaching some of the most vulnerable people in the community.

Caroline Trevithick, Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Performance for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland clinical commissioning groups, said: ”Our care home residents and the staff that care for them are the most vulnerable to Covid-19. I am so pleased that we are able to start vaccinating in care homes here in Leicester as early as this week. This is just the start of the process. We are working with all our primary care networks to plan how we extend the programme further to all care homes in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. We will confirm details of this as soon as we are able to.”

The clinical commissioning groups are urging families not to contact care homes directly to find out when their relatives will receive the vaccine. Care homes and families will be informed when the time comes.

Leicester’s director of public health Professor Ivan Browne said: “Protecting the elderly and vulnerable from coronavirus is everyone’s priority, and we’re very pleased that NHS colleagues will be starting vaccinations in the city’s care homes this week.

“I would urge everyone who is offered a vaccine to take one. The NHS is rolling out the vaccine as quickly as is safely possible, so please be patient and you will be contacted when it is your time to have it.”

For further information about Covid vaccinations visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/ .

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