Care home residents get vaccinated in East Oxford

Date: 22 December 2020

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Patients aged over 80 and residents from a local care home were invited for the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccine at East Oxford Health Centre from Thursday (18/12) as more Oxfordshire practices joined the largest ever vaccination programme last week.

Dr Rohit Kotnis, from St Clement’s surgery said: "We were all thrilled to see the delight and relief on the resident’s faces when they came to receive their vaccine.

“We are also so proud to be able to be taking part in this vaccination programme to ensure our most vulnerable patients are protected as quickly as possible. As well as those aged 80 and over and registered at the practice, we want to make sure that our whole community benefits from this vaccination as soon as possible.

“When we noticed that there was a small window of opportunity to also get some additional care home residents vaccinated in this first round we contacted Iffley Residential and Nursing Home to see if there was anything we can do to make this happen. As a result, we were also able to bring residents from the care home to Bartlemas practice to be one of the first to receive their vaccines.

Due to the nature of the vaccine, it was only this week (21 Dec) that a protocol to deliver the vaccine in care homes was approved; before then it was not possible to vaccinate care home residents in their homes. As such they had to go to the site of their local vaccination service.

Sue Stubberfield, Care Home Manager, said: “When we were contacted by Dr Kotnis we realised that this was too good an opportunity to miss. Care home residents can only be transported by care home staff so we were really pleased when our minibus driver Natasha offered to come in from her annual leave to help us to make this happen.”

“There are still more residents who need to be vaccinated but to be able to get some residents and staff vaccinated in this first stage is giving us all hope, we all want life to get back to normal so we can be with our friends and family.

Dr Kotnis added; “Other age groups and cohorts will be offered the vaccination in a phased way, in line with national priorities and we will make sure we do all that we can to make this happen as quickly as we can.

"Meanwhile, we can continue to keep ourselves and others safe by socially distancing, wearing a face covering and following the hand hygiene guidance.”

Patients are asked to wait until they are contacted by their GP practice – they should not call the NHS or their GP practice about COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

For more information:

A protocol for local vaccinations services deployment in community settings was approved by Secretary of State Matt Hancock on 18 December. Before then it was not possible to vaccinate care home residents in their homes

Information on the vaccine is available on the www.nhs.uk website

Public Health England (PHE) has created a number of leaflets for patients which can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/covid-19-vaccination-programme. These leaflets will also be available soon in a number of different languages, as well as Braille and Easy Read versions, and a British Sign Language video.

  • A set of FAQs are also availablehere.
  • Summary:

    Patients aged over 80 and residents from a local care home were invited for the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccine at East Oxford Health Centre from Thursday (18/12) as more Oxfordshire practices joined the largest ever vaccination programme last week.

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    22 December 2020