Agincare care worker first person in Dorset to get COVID vaccine

Published: Tuesday 8th December 2020

On a historic day in the fight against coronavirus, a frontline care worker at Agincare’s Cheriton Care Home in Dorchester was the first person in Dorset to be given the Covid vaccination.

Sam Impey, who works as a care team leader in the Weymouth Avenue care home, was given the vaccination this afternoon at Dorset County Hospital. She was joined by her Cheriton colleagues Zena Blumenstein, Eleanor Timlin and Colleen Cordell.

Miss Impey said:

I was at the front of the queue for the vaccine and the nurses told me I was the very first person in the county to be given it. We’re doing all we can to keep our residents safe at Cheriton, so I feel honoured to have been a vaccine trailblazer today.


Taking action like this means we can protect our residents, our families and ourselves. Once the vaccine has been rolled out to our residents we can start returning to normal, including those cherished visits from friends and family.

Tim Buckley, chief operating officer of Agincare care homes, said:

We feel privileged that members of the Agincare team were the first people to be given the Covid vaccination in Dorset. It feels exciting to be at the start of something so historic.


We’re proud to be working with our health colleagues as we start to roll the vaccine out to our teams and then to residents in our nine care homes in Dorset, plus all of our homes across the country. The vaccine should give the public more confidence in the excellent care we give to our care home residents – we’re looking forward to a brighter 2021.

For more information on any of our care homes, please call us on 0808 256 6038.