Ideal Carehomes has become one of the first large care providers to complete its first round of COVID-19 vaccinations.
Over 2,000 people who live and work across the operator have been offered the jab in the four weeks since the beginning of roll-out at the end of December.
Stacey Linn, Director at Ideal Carehomes, said: “I am so proud of our managers and care teams for their continued resilience, dedication and commitment. It is no coincidence that our homes are this far down the line in the vaccination programme – it is testament to the fact that they were prepared and ready for the roll-out. All our local health professionals have been amazing and we have seen a real desire to get the job done. It really has been multidisciplinary working at its best and we can’t thank them enough.”
Ideal Carehomes said each care home had been well prepared with the essential administration work required for receiving the vaccine and this put them in good stead to be the one of the first homes to be vaccinated in their respective locations.
Cecilia Lockwood, Registered Nurse based at Brinnington Surgery who attended Brinnington Hall care home in Stockport to deliver the vaccine said: “It was a pleasure to visit Brinnington Hall. Rachel, the Home Manager, and the team have been extremely organised which has made the whole process very straightforward.”
Stacey added: “The last 11 months have been a real challenge for everyone but our staff are truly inspirational – not just for the way they have worked together but also for how quickly and efficiently they have responded to numerous new guidelines. The availability of the vaccine is a relief to us, our residents and their families and there has been a real buzz in the homes on vaccination day. We will continue to be as vigilant as ever in order to protect our residents but it has certainly been emotional for us all to take this positive step together in the fight against coronavirus.”