“I was one of the first in the queue for the vaccine as I knew it would give me protection. I look forward to the future and the day that we would be rid of this awful virus.”
Care home residents and staff from more than 453 across Northern Ireland have now received both Covid-19 vaccinations as the rollout across the country nears completion.
Northern Ireland was one of the first regions in UK and Ireland to roll out a vaccination programme to care homes. To date, 100% of care homes were visited and have been offered the first dose of the vaccine – 90% of care homes have been visited and offered the second dose, with work ongoing to complete the remainder as planned.
Irene Martin a resident in New Croft Care Home, Holywood said: “I am really glad that I feel protected against the virus that is taking the lives of so many people.
Moyna Clarke, a fellow resident in New Croft Care Home, added: “I was one of the first in the queue for the vaccine as I knew it would give me protection. I look forward to the future and the day that we would be rid of this awful virus.”
Teresa McClean, Manager at Corriewood Care Home, Castlewellan, said: “We had a very positive experience with the vaccination programme. I feel that we all worked well together – the care home staff, the vaccinators and South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.
“It went extremely smoothly in our care home, because we had all the preparation done prior to the day of the vaccination programme rolling out in our home.”
She added: “We were delighted to be one of the first to be chosen to take part in the rollout of the vaccination programme, we realise that it is a moment in history and our staff and residents were so happy that they got the vaccine. The families are absolutely overjoyed that their relatives are going to be kept safe from the virus.”