First care home residents in Stockport vaccinated

Brinnington Hall is the first care home in Stockport to receive the Covid-19 vaccination for residents

First care home residents in Stockport vaccinated

The first care home residents in Stockport have received the Coronavirus vaccination today (30 December).

Residents of Brinnington Hall care home, on Middlesex Road, were given the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine after transportation and storage challenges for the vials were overcome by Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group, which is overseeing the borough's community vaccination rollout.

Councillor Jude Wells, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health, said: “It is great news that residents from Brinnington Hall care home will be the first in Stockport to receive the Covid 19 vaccination today. This, along with the vaccination of all staff working in care homes across Stockport, is a significant step forward in our local efforts to ensure that our most vulnerable residents and the staff who support them have the vaccination as early as possible.”

Residents and their families have been eagerly awaiting news of when they would be able to receive the vaccine at their home and were thrilled to find out that they were first in line in the Stockport area.

Margaret Harley, 78, who has lived at Brinnington Hall for just over a year was the first resident to receive her vaccination and said, “Everything went smoothly and was very well organised. I feel privileged to be one of the first to have the vaccine and although we have stayed safe at home, I am hopeful that this is the start of the whole world bouncing back from this awful year.”

Rachel McIntosh, Brinnington Hall Home Manager, said: “This year has been a real challenge for everyone but we have always had faith that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and the availability of a vaccine has been our continued hope that we will return to normal. The Registered Nurses who came to complete the vaccinations have been amazing and the process was fast and efficient. We are just so relieved to know that our residents will be protected from this virus, as that has been the most important thing to us throughout.”

Registered Nurse Cecilia Lockwood who administered the first vaccine, said: “I am so proud to be rolling out the first vaccines - it is such an important step so that care home residents are able to see their loved ones again."

Staff at the care home have already been vaccinated at Stepping Hill Hospital, as they were amongst the first in the country to receive the jab when the largest vaccination programme in NHS history began earlier this month.

Priority cohorts for the vaccination are frontline healthcare workers, care home residents and staff, over 80s and the extremely clinically vulnerable. Further cohorts will be invited to come forward for their vaccination in 2021 through a letter from their GP or the national NHS. This will take time, so please be patient and do not contact the NHS to get an appointment until you receive this letter. You can find more information about the priority groups on the GOV.UK website.