Residents and care staff at Westgate House in Hertfordshire were amongst the first people in the UK to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine last week. On Christmas Eve, the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust asked the care home to prepare for the rollout of the vaccine, and all 84 residents and 70 care staff have since then successfully received their first dose.
The home manager Nancy Currie said “It was fantastic to receive the phone call and be told that we would be receiving the vaccination for both residents and staff in the next few days. We worked in close partnership with our colleagues at Dolphin House Surgery to make this happen and it was a successful day, while being part of a historical moment in history.”
The vaccine program, led by Dr Fingal O’Reilly and Dr Camellia Arul from Dolphin House GP Surgery has brought a glimmer of hope to all the care staff, residents and their families following an unprecedented and challenging year.
John is one of Westgate House’s longest serving residents; “I was very happy to receive the vaccine and hope it will allow us to get back to some kind of normality and see our families again.”