Our care and support staff and residents continue to get their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine as part of the national drive to protect those at greatest risk and the people who care for them.
We reported in January that more than 100 people had received an initial jab at our Mildmays scheme in Islington, and that has been followed by Conrad Court in Lewisham and Charleston House in Clapham Common.
Robert East, director of care and support at Notting Hill Genesis, said: “It is such a boost to see how quickly our care staff and most vulnerable residents are receiving their first doses and we thank everyone involved in the amazing vaccination programme.
“There is still much to do though, both in terms of getting all the vaccines we need completed, but also on tackling the myths and disinformation that’s out there and ensuring people are given the facts.”
We are directing our staff and residents to the wealth of information made available by Public Health England on the vaccine and urge people to read any of the leaflets relevant to them.
One of the most common issues raised is about the time it took for the vaccines to gain approval compared to others. The Guardian have published an excellent Q&A explaining this, including the worldwide preparations for future pandemics, the vast amount of funding granted immediately and the ability to collect data electronically.
We thank all staff and residents who have already taken the vaccine and will provide further updates as the programme progresses.