Residents in all Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin older people’s care homes get first COVID-19 vaccine

3 February 2021 9:34am

Issued by COVID-19 Vaccination Service

Residents in all older people's care homes in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have either received or been offered their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine jab in what is being hailed as a 'milestone' by the NHS in the county.

Not all care home residents will have been vaccinated either due to them not being well enough to receive their jab or if they had COVID-19 at the time.

The older people vaccinated in care homes received their jabs under the care of the county's GP practices.

Nicky Jacques, Chief Officer, Shropshire Partners in Care, said: “Our huge thanks go to all the GP Practices who have worked so hard to complete vaccinations in all the older persons' care homes in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. This has provided care home residents, staff and their families with much-needed reassurance and increased protection.

“We know this past year has been an incredibly difficult time for many residents and for all the staff who care for them, as well as their friends and families and we hope this is a step in the right direction towards some kind of normality in the future. 

“There is however still a long way to go and it’s really important that we don’t become complacent and we continue to keep all the necessary precautions in place to reduce the risk of infection.”

Steve Ellis, Associate Director of Primary Care, NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), said: “Local GP-led teams, alongside our care homes, have been pulling out all the stops to help protect care home residents and staff across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

“No one should underestimate the challenges of providing vaccinations in care homes given the logistics and environment. To pull this off in double quick time is really something special.

“We are extremely proud of all the doctors, nurses and GP Practice staff, CCG Medicines Management Team and care home workers who have been working tirelessly to help vaccinate the thousands of care home residents and staff across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin – it has been a fantastic team effort.”