The Scottish government is beginning to roll-out vaccinations in care homes from today with the rest of the UK expected to follow this week.
Ninety-year-old former carer Annie Innes was the first care home resident to receive her vaccine at Abercorn House Care Home in Hamilton today.
The news came after the Scottish government announced yesterday that it would begin the vaccination programme after a way was found to pack and deliver the Pfizer vaccine, which needs to be stored a low temperatures.
Health Secretary Jeanne Freeman said: “I want to thank all those involved in the roll-out of the vaccination programme. It has been a challenge to get the Pfizer vaccine into care homes because of transport and storage requirements but I am delighted to see Mrs Innes become the first care home resident to receive her vaccine and I wish her many more years of good health.”
NHS England and the Department of Health & Social Care confirmed today that care homes in England and the rest of the UK would receive their first vaccines this week.
Responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement, a DHSC spokesperson said: “Along with other countries in the UK, residents of care homes in England will also receive their first vaccine later this week after distributors finalise new, stringent processes to ensure safe delivery of the PfizerBioNTech vaccine.”
The news comes as the number of COVID-19 deaths has continued to rise in care homes in recent weeks.
Further outbreaks were reported over the weekend with a “number of residents” having died at La Fontana care home in Somerset, which is run by Notaro Care Homes.
In Scotland, the number of cases at Inchmarlo House Care Home near Banchory was reported to have increased to 102, with a small number of people having sadly died.
A further outbreak was reported at Lomond Court Care Home in Glenrothes, where a small number of people have also died.