East Renfrewshire has joined the local rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme with residents beginning to get vaccinated on Friday.
The programme has been open to care home staff and front line workers from the area for two weeks - many of whom have already been immunised in preparation for the wider rollout.
Cllr. Caroline Bamforth, Chair of the East Renfrewshire Integration Joint Board said:
“We are delighted that the residents and staff of care homes in East Renfrewshire are being offered the vaccine where they live and work. This is a positive step in helping to protect some of our most vulnerable residents, and offers some hope for 2021 after what has been an extremely difficult year. The East Renfrewshire HSCP will continue to support the delivery of the local COVID-19 vaccination programme in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the Scottish Government.”
Commenting, Dr Linda De Caestecker, Director of Public Health for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said:
“Vaccination of care home staff is well underway at NHS Louisa Jordan and many staff took up the early opportunity to be immunised. We are pleased now to be in a position to deliver the vaccine to care home residents which will go a long way to protecting some of the most vulnerable people in our population.
“I’d like to thank all of the staff involved in the preparation of and delivery of the vaccine. It is testament to their hard work that we’ve been able to rapidly roll out the programme across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
“While we are delighted we’re now able to vaccinate care home residents, we have to be clear this does not mean that people should begin to relax.
“Everyone must still follow the guidelines on minimising the spread of the virus. COVID-19 is still very much with us, and much work is to be done before we get back to any sense of normality so it’s crucial now as we enter the festive period, that everyone continues to do work hard to help supress the virus.”
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