Care home staff feel ‘amazing’ as vaccination brings hope
By Sarah Wood | 10th December 2020
Staff from a Cheltenham care home charity were among the first in the county to receive Covid-19 vaccines yesterday (9th December).
The day marked a turning point in Lilian Faithfull Care's fight against coronavirus, as care staff Tom Crooke and Suzanne Booker were amongst the first to receive the Pfizer vaccine at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
Suzanne Booker, director of care, said: "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 Lilian Faithfull's care staff. As soon as the NHS has finalised the national logistics of bringing the vaccine to care homes, residents across the organisation's five care homes will also have the opportunity to be immunised too.
While it was a day full of hope and expectation, but there will be no let-up in infection control measures for Lilian Faithful Care yet.
Suzanne said: "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 would pay tribute to colleagues in the NHS and Gloucestershire County Council for their incredible work implementing this programme and giving staff this opportunity at such an early stage.
Lilian Faithfull Care is a Charity with over 70 years' experience of providing care, support and a 'home for life' for the elderly in Gloucestershire. It cares for 300 residents across five care homes and two day centres in Cheltenham and Stroud, who are looked after by 450 staff.
For more information about Lilian Faithfull's care during Covid19 visit www.lilianfaithfull.co.uk/care-during-covid
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