The first care home residents in Stockport have been vaccinated against coronavirus.
Elderly people at Brinnington Hall were given their first dose of the Pfizer/BionNtech vaccine yesterday (Wednesday).
The home, in Middlesex Road, specialises in care for the over-65s and those living with dementia.
Residents had been eagerly awaiting news of when they would get the jab and were thrilled to find out they were the first in line in Stockport.
Margaret Harley, who has lived at Brinnington Hall for just over a year, was the first resident to receive her vaccination.
The 78-year-old said: “Everything went smoothly and was very well organised.
“I feel privileged to be one of the first to have the vaccine and although we have stayed safe at home, I am hopeful that this is the start of the whole world bouncing back from this awful year.”
Staff at the home had already been vaccinated at Stepping Hill Hospital – getting their first dose when the roll-out got underway earlier this month.
Rachel McIntosh, manager at Brinnington Hall, said it was a relief to know the home’s residents would be protected from coronavirus.
She said: “This year has been a real challenge for everyone but we have always had faith that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and the availability of a vaccine has been our continued hope that we will return to normal.
“The registered nurses who came to complete the vaccinations have been amazing and the process was fast and efficient. We are just so relieved to know that our residents will be protected from this virus, as that has been the most important thing to us throughout.”
Her sentiments were echoed by registered nurse Cecilia Lockwood, who administered the first vaccine. She added: “I am so proud to be rolling out the first vaccines – it is such an important step so that care home residents are able to see their loved ones again.”
Care home residents and staff have been prioritised for the vaccine, together with the over-80s and the ‘extremely clinical vulnerable’ – those who had to shield during the first national lockdown.
Councillor Jude Wells, Stockport council’s cabinet member for adult care and health, said: “It is great news that residents from Brinnington Hall care home were the first in Stockport to receive the Covid 19 vaccination.
“This, along with the vaccination of all staff working in care homes across Stockport, is a significant step forward in our local efforts to ensure that our most vulnerable residents and the staff who support them have the vaccination as early as possible.”
Challenges around the transportation and storage of the vaccine were overcome by Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is overseeing the borough’s community vaccination rollout.
Further groups will be invited to come forward for their vaccination in 2021 through a letter from their GP or the national NHS.
People are being urged to be patient and not to contact the NHS for an appointment until they receive the letter.
Further information about the priority groups can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020