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Care home ‘delighted’ after taking lead in vaccinations

By Natasha Swift 6th January 2021

Care home ‘delighted’ after taking lead in vaccinations
Health Secretary Matt Hancock, said that the Oxford covid vaccine was a huge British success story

A St Austell care home has become one of the first in the country to vaccinate residents against Covid-19.

All but four of the 52 residents at Trevarna on Carlyon Road have now been immunised.

Run by Cornwall Care, Trevarna specialises in looking after people in need of fulltime nursing and residential support.

Trevarna service manager Sharon Cartmel said: “The vaccinations went really well and we’re delighted that the majority of our residents have been given the first stage of Covid protection.

“Four people couldn’t have it because of the severe allergic reactions they suffer but everyone else has been given the Pfizer injection.”

Cornwall Care is a charity that operates 16 homes in the county, plus an extensive community outreach network. Cornwall Care CEO Anne Thomas said: “Like all social care providers, we’ve had to adapt to continuously changing public health guidance, but my team have been superb throughout and I can’t thank them enough for their dedication and commitment.

“2020 has been incredibly challenging in many different ways and I’m sure we’re all looking forward to much brighter 2021. Having the vaccine is a huge step forward but, in the short term at least, we have to maintain strict vigilance.”

This comes as the first doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which was approved for use in the UK last week, were rolled out on Monday. The vaccine has become the second coronavirus jab to be approved for UK use after being given the go-ahead by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

It consists of two doses, with the second dose administered four to 12 weeks after the first dose. There will be just over 500,000 doses available and vaccination centres are now start inviting priority groups for the immunisation, starting with care home residents, the over-80s, and health and care workers.

The UK has ordered 100 million doses of the new vaccine - enough to vaccinate 50 million people. It is hoped that about two million patients a week could soon be vaccinated with two vaccines now approved.

The Oxford vaccine is easier to store and distribute, as it can be kept at normal fridge temperature unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech jab that has to be kept at -70C.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed the vaccine development as "a triumph" for British science, adding: "We will now move to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the Commons the vaccine's approval was "a huge British success story ", and "the single biggest stride that we've been able to take since this pandemic began."

By Natasha Swift 6th January 2021

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