Agincare welcomes preliminary Government COVID vaccination roll-out plans

Published: Thursday 12th November 2020

Care provider Agincare has welcomed preliminary plans from the Government to include older care home residents and staff in the first phase of the roll-out of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The plans – if confirmed once a vaccine is approved – could put Agincare’s residents and care team members in its care and nursing homes among the first people in the UK to be immunised.

Vaccine developers Pfizer and BioNTech announced at the weekend that their coronavirus vaccine had been tested on 43,500 people with no safety concerns. Preliminary findings show the vaccine can prevent more than 90% of people from getting COVID-19.

Care home residents with care worker

For a long time during the initial lockdown care homes were the forgotten part of the health and social care sector, way behind the NHS. So the latest vaccine news offers Agincare residents and teams some light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel.

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

People in care and nursing homes deserve to be the first in line to be vaccinated – they have been through a lot since March. The vaccine should give the public more confidence in care homes, as safe and supportive places for their loved ones to be.

At Agincare we have worked round the clock to make sure our homes are able to follow strict hygiene and infection control procedures.

Once our residents have been vaccinated we would also hope that family visits can return to normal. Although we’ve been welcoming garden and socially-distanced visits for a while, our residents have missed hugging and being close to their relatives.

And we are eager to see the wider Agincare home care workforce and clients included in early vaccinations, too. We’ll be following vaccine developments closely over the next few weeks.