With the Welsh Government announcing yesterday [Monday 11 January] its aims to vaccinate all care home residents by mid-February, three Powys care homes are leading the charge – as some of the first in the region to announce they have already given all residents the first of the two vaccine jabs.
Every resident at Cartref care home, Hay-on-Wye, Prestemede, Presteigne, and Cartref Dyfi in Machynlleth have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, providing them with a high level of protection from the virus.
Shaw healthcare, which operates Cartref, Prestemede, Cartref Dyfi and nine other care homes in Powys on behalf of Powys County Council, is aiming to have all its residents and staff receiving the first dose of the vaccine by the end of January – several weeks ahead of the Welsh Government’s target.
Simon Kezic-Williams, regional director for Shaw healthcare, commented: “I cannot describe how hard our staff have worked throughout this pandemic and the indescribable pressures it has put on them, as well as the residents. Despite this they have kept pushing forward and doing what they can to ensure residents remain safe.
“While we know we are far from being out of the woods yet, it is important we celebrate these milestones and some real progress in our battle against this horrible virus.”
One of Shaw healthcare’s other homes in Powys, the Llandrindod Wells-based Wylesfield, was also recently highlighted after being one of the first care homes picked by the Welsh Government for its ‘visiting pod’ trial, allowing residents and relatives to meet up in a warm environment during the festive period, and beyond.
Mr Kezic-Williams added: “Although mass vaccinations are showing that the end is in sight, we know that residents and relatives want to see each other in a safe manner. While a chat on the lawn was feasible in the summer, the recent cold snap and the arrival of the more infectious variant, has made that nigh on impossible. We hope that more of our homes in Powys can access these visitor pods, which have already made such a huge positive impact for our residents in Wylesfield.”