The ‘vast majority’ of residents and staff in the town’s care homes were vaccinated has week, the Gillingham Medical Practice has revealed.
‘Evidence shows that every 20 care home vaccinations administered saves one life, so this is an important milestone for our community, and we are proud to announce it,’ said Karen Rhys of the The Vale Network which includes the Gillingham Medical Practice and the Blackmore Vale Partnership.
Bella Guy, unit lead, at Fern Brook Lodge, Care South care home in Gillingham said: ‘Last Friday 26 of our residents and 40 of our staff received their vaccination. The whole process was extremely well organised . We received good communication before and on the day. It was so nice for our residents to have a familiar face give them their vaccination. Thank you Gillingham Medical Practice.’
Gillingham Medical Practice, which thanked the teams at the homes, and their admin and clinical teams, said they were now starting housebound patient vaccinations this week.
Working in conjunction with the Blackmore Vale Partnership surgery, more than 2,500 patients aged 80 plus and health and social care workers received their vaccination last week in Sturminster Newton.
‘This is a tremendous achievement, and there are another two clinics planned for Thursday and Friday this week,’ said Karen Rhys.
Gillingham Medical Practice urged residents to try try to avoid contacting them about the vaccination; they will contact people when they are eligible and when they have the vaccinations in stock.