As you know, we are all in the most challenging of times due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
I am pleased to advise that since my last letter 12 homes have had the GPs in to vaccinate residents and staff 2 more have visits booked in for next week. These homes are – Avon Reach, Abbey View, Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge, Kingfishers, Linden House, Newstone House, St Catherines View, Whitecliffe House, Fernhill, Amberwood House and Woodpeckers. Canford Chase and Castle View are booked in for next week. The remaining 7 homes are waiting to be contacted.
The latest guidance advises that all care homes residents and staff will have been offered the vaccine by the end of Jan. To date 452 residents over 50% have been vaccinated, we have also had over 850 team members (approx. 40%) vaccinated.
Compared to the national average (less than 25%) we have had significantly more residents vaccinated. In part thanks to our Home Managers relationship with their GPs and our responsiveness to be ready.
As you can see, we have made significant progress. I can also say that we are starting to see the Oxford - AstraZeneca vaccine being used in our homes, which is a positive sign in terms of it being logistically simpler to deliver.
In summary much progress has been and is being made.
Thank you for responding quickly with the consents, it has enabled us to get ahead in the vaccination programme. We will continue to push the GPs and CCGs to get the vaccinations completed ASAP.