Wednesday marked a turning point in Lilian Faithfull Care’s fight against Covid-19 as care staff Tom Crooke and Suzanne Booker were amongst the first to receive the Covid19 vaccine at Gloucester Royal Hospital.
Suzanne Booker, Director of Care, summed up the mood after receiving her vaccination when being interviewed: “It feels absolutely amazing. It is the most wonderful thing that could happen. It will encourage our staff, make our residents feel safe and be so reassuring for our residents’ families. There is a lot of hope for next year. It will be so good to get families back into homes to hold hands and hug their loved ones – something really to look forward to.”
This marks the start of the vaccination programme for their care staff and as soon as the NHS has finalised the national logistics of bringing the vaccine to care homes residents across their five care homes will also have the opportunity to be immunised too.
It was a day full of hope and expectation, but there cannot be any let-up in infection control measures yet. As Suzanne explains, “We hope that within the next three months we will see things getting a bit more normal.”
On what was a momentous day Lilian Faithfull Care team pay tribute to colleagues in the NHS and Gloucestershire County Council for their incredible work implementing this programme and giving them this opportunity at such an early stage.