Colleagues from Brunelcare’s Deerhurst Care Home have become some of the first social care staff in the country to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
The first of many colleagues from Brunelcare’s care homes have today received their first dose at Bristol’s Southmead Hospital.
Care Home Manager, Lesley Hobbs, said: “We’re proud to be amongst the first in line for the vaccine. This is how we will defeat the virus and help protect our wonderful residents and colleagues.”
Brunelcare employs over 1,000 staff and provides housing, care and support to over 2,000 people at any one time. With five care homes, Brunelcare’s staff have been on the front-line, caring for some of the most vulnerable people in society since the start of the pandemic.
Oona Goldsworthy, CEO, said: “This really is the lifeline we’ve been waiting for in social care. We’re making it possible for all of our staff to receive the vaccine as soon as appointment slots are available.”
More staff are booked in for their vaccinations in the coming days.
Lesley continues: “The vaccine was quick and painless and I’d encourage anyone who has the opportunity to get the vaccine to take it.”
Oona ends: “this is fantastic news, but it is just the first step. We now await details of how and when the vaccine will be made available to our residents in our care homes.”