A COVID outbreak has claimed a number of lives at an Avery Healthcare care home in Basingstoke.
The outbreak occurred at Pemberley House in Grove Road which provides residential care for up to 72 older people.
An Avery spokesperson said: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of a number of our residents at our care home in Basingstoke, and our thoughts are with all the family and friends who have lost loved ones during this very difficult time.
“Staff have, and continue to, work tirelessly throughout the pandemic to protect residents and each other. Our focus remains on supporting the wellbeing of residents, families and staff as we work through this together.”
Local press have reported the outbreak took place after COVID vaccinations began to be rolled out at the home at beginning of this month.
Speaking to CHP, Public Health England (PHE) was not able to confirm which residents had received the vaccine but highlighted that people were able to still catch the virus for two to three weeks after being vaccinated.
PHE said older people could be vulnerable to an additional week as they responded more slowly than younger people to the vaccine.
“No vaccine is 100% effective and some vaccinated people will still be vulnerable. We are vaccinating a lot of people and so expect to see infection in some vaccinated people,” PHE added.
A CQC Spokesperson said: “We are aware of a COVID-19 outbreak at Pemberley Care Home and that tragically some people in care have died as a result. The care home has been supported by local partners and put in place the proper contingencies by following the government’s good practice guidance. We are in touch with the care home and will do all that we can to support them and local partners.”