Staff at not for profit care home provider, Royal Star & Garter, have shared why they have opted to have the COVID vaccine despite their fears.
One staff member revealed she had initial reservations due to a food allergy, which were dispelled by medical experts, while a fitness fanatic said he would never take anything that would harm his body, and felt assured that the vaccine was safe.
Aylona Dael, a nurse at the charity’s Surbiton Home, (pictured) said she was harbouring fears when she went for her first jab, but was reassured by staff at the hospital: “I had been scared before going for the vaccine because I had seen in the news that a few NHS staff had suffered side effects. I spoke to the doctor about my concerns and she explained to me if you’re a healthy person, you won’t be having these side effects. I was okay then, I was put at ease and confident everything would be alright. And it was!” Aylona said she has now convinced her elderly mother-in-law to be vaccinated.
Self-confessed fitness fanatic Louis Laleye is a physiotherapist at the charity’s High Wycombe Home. He was vaccinated along with his wife, also a physiotherapist, and said: “I’m a fit and healthy person, I take care of my body and look after it. I have no doubt that the vaccine is safe. If I had any concerns that it would be harmful to my health, I wouldn’t have had it and neither would my wife.”
Lisa Hutchins, receptionist at the charity’s Solihull Home, was able to have the vaccine despite having a shellfish allergy. She said: “I was a bit nervous, but I was reassured that unless I have severe reactions to food and medication, I could have the Pfizer vaccine.”
And Liz Donaldson, Dementia Care Manager at the Surbiton Home, said it was an easy decision to be vaccinated: “There’s a lot of myths and nonsense on social media about the vaccine, but I don’t believe it. I believe this is the most effective way we have of returning to normality… hopefully the vaccine will change things.”
The blogs are available to view on Royal Star & Garter’s blog page which also includes the moving experience of the charity’s staff and residents during the COVID crisis in its ‘COVID: Life on the frontline’ series.
Residents at Royal Star & Garter’s three homes in Solihull, Surbiton and High Wycombe have had their COVID vaccines.
PICTURE CREDIT: ROYAL STAR & GARTER