County Council care home residents among first in line for vaccinations

Published on: Tuesday, 12th January 2021
Ivy Dawson - a County Council care home resident - receives her Coronavirus vaccine injection

Residents of Derbyshire County Council care homes are among the first people to receive the much-awaited vaccine against Covid-19.

The development comes as great news for the elderly people in the county council’s care homes who are among the most vulnerable to the virus.

Speaking after receiving the first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday 11th Janury, Ivy Dawson, who will be 100 in October, said she was very relieved to get the vaccine.  “Being here is the next best thing to being at home and I hope the vaccine means we can soon move forward," she said.

Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for adult care Councillor Jean Wharmby said getting the vaccine was an enormous relief to everyone.  "These are momentous times for our residents, who are among the most vulnerable in Derbyshire,” she said.

Getting the vaccine now is a tribute to the hard work, dedication and brilliance of everyone involved, including our own staff who are supporting their colleagues in the NHS to make this happen.

“I hope this giant step will help bring a more normal way of life nearer and ensure we can be reunited with our loved ones as soon as we can.”

Councillor Wharmby added: “I’d like to pay tribute to our colleagues in the NHS as well as our own care staff for working tirelessly to deliver the vaccine programme.  The vaccine is a shining light at the end of a long tunnel and I’d encourage everyone to take it up when it’s offered.”

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