Care home staff among those to receive their vaccines this week

Staff at Pinhay House near Lyme Regis have already received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccinations

MORE than 3,000 Dorset Council and care home staff will have received their vaccines against COVID by the end of this week.

Adult social care brief holder Cllr Laura Miller said that by the end of the week, working with Dorset County Hospital, it is estimated that about 3,200 staff and associated care workers will have been vaccinated.

She said that adult social care front line workers are being vaccinated as a priority along with other social care and transport staff from Dorset Council, and had made a start on booking in domiciliary staff.

This is on top of the 2,000 elderly and vulnerable patients expected to be vaccinated at Bridport Medical Centre this weekend.

“We have worked really hard to get our care home staff vaccinated as the priority, but the domiciliary staff are really important too, because they are supporting people in their own homes,” she said.

“The situation from our workforce point of view has been going really well.”

Cllr Miller said some people might be offered vaccines at the Bournemouth International Centre which was being used as a local hub, although people did not have to take the offer up and could wait to attend a centre more local to them.

She said it was hoped to produce regular, easily understandable, information about the rate of local vaccinations, but this might depend on the pressure of work.

Cllr Miller said she had volunteered to help at a local centre and had discovered that no vaccinations were being wasted with the centre having a list of NHS staff they were able to call on at short notice for inoculation, and once that had been exhausted jabs were offered to volunteers.

Pinhay House staff among first to receive vaccines

Staff at local care homes have already started receiving their vaccines, including at Pinhay House Care Home on the outskirts of Lyme Regis.

All 19 residents and 40 members of staff at Pinhay have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination and are expecting their second dose at the end of March.

Sheena Lee, registered manager at Pinhay House Care Home, said: “At Pinhay we are hugely proud of the continued excellence of our staff, and their dedication to the work to make sure they are keeping in line with government guidance and our own regulations.

“The previous 11 months have been some of the most challenging in Pinhay’s history but we still pride ourselves on being able to offer good person-centred care, to those that come to live with us.

“The virus hasn’t stopped us being able to provide care to some of the most vulnerable in society and we are still able to offer respite care to those that need it.

“All of our staff and residents have regular tests for COVID-19.

“We also feel that praise should be given to the families of our residents, who have been so understanding to the situation.

“They have appreciated the regular updates and advances we’ve made at Pinhay, so that face to face visiting can begin again, once we are in a safe position to do so.”

For frequently asked questions of the vaccination roll-out, visit dorsetccg.nhs.uk

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