Around 160 residents and staff have received the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at Encore Care Homes’ Great Oaks care home in Bournemouth.
The home in Poole Lane welcomed the Talbot Medical Centre staff to administer the first dose of the vaccines to the residents and team to help provide increased protection against the virus. Each person who received the vaccine was then given a card with the date for the second dose.
Mike Lyons, Managing Director of Encore Care Homes, said: “This is a very positive step for our residents and the team as the process of rolling out the vaccine across our care homes begins. We have been eagerly awaiting this event since the first lockdown last year, so it is a great relief and an uplifting moment to see the vaccination process being delivered to both our employees and residents. We look forward to the rest of our care homes receiving this vital protection against the virus as the local GP surgeries make arrangements to visit us.”
Vaccines will be offered to residents and staff at Fairmile Grange in Christchurch, Oakdale in Poole, and Hamble Heights in Fareham, as supplies of the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine become available at the homes’ respective local NHS GP surgeries. Some of the team had previously received the jab after travelling to the regional COVID-19 vaccination centres.
As well as weekly COVID-19 tests for residents and staff, Encore Care Homes has also introduced Lateral Flow testing for the team, which provides results within 30 minutes. The aim is to identify any team members who may be asymptomatic to reduce the transmission of the virus.
Encore Care Homes have four purpose-built care homes supporting residents with residential, nursing and dementia care. The Encore family includes Fairmile Grange in Christchurch, Oakdale in Poole, Great Oaks in Bournemouth and Hamble Heights in Fareham.