The first care home in Renfrewshire has joined the local rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. Ailsa Lodge Care Home in Bishopton began vaccinating residents today.
The programme has been open to care home staff and front line workers from the area, many of whom have already been immunised in preparation for the wider rollout, but this will be the first time that elderly care home residents from the region have been vaccinated in the facility in which they live.
Frank Cooke, aged 71 was the first resident to receive the vaccine today.
Cllr. Jacqueline Cameron, Chair of the Renfrewshire Integration Joint Board said:
“We are working closely with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the Scottish Government to support the delivery of the first phase of the vaccination programme and have already begun the programme for care home staff working in older people’s services in Renfrewshire. The extension of this to older people living in care homes today is an important milestone and while it will take time to reach everyone, this is a positive next step in the fight against the virus and will provide some real optimism across our communities and hope for the coming year.”
Commenting, Dr Linda De Caestecker, Director of Public Health for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said:
“Vaccination of care home staff got underway at NHS Louisa Jordan last week 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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