Local services meet care home vaccination target

Residents living in care homes across Sussex have all been offered the COVID-19 vaccine.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust alongside GP led services met the government target to vaccinate the top priority group of care home residents over 65 and staff by the end of January.

There are a small number of homes across the county who had their visits deferred for safety reasons who will be visited again shortly. Along with residents and staff who were unwell or unable to have the vaccine when the teams first visited.

Sussex NHS Commissioners Chief Nursing Officer, Allison Cannon, said: 2By vaccinating thousands of older people across hundreds of care homes in Sussex we have given them not only some protection against the virus, but also a sense of hope.

In Sussex we have one of the highest numbers of nursing and care homes per capita across the country and so this work is a significant undertaking. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our vaccination teams for their ceaseless work around the clock to get this vital protection to our older people.

We continue to vaccinate thousands of care staff every day. They have worked tirelessly to look after our most vulnerable people through some very difficult months and I want to take this opportunity to thank them for their dedication and commitment. I would urge anyone in these roles to take the vaccine if you are offered it. Those working in care homes are at much higher risk of repeated exposure to the infection. Catching COVID-19 can be serious and may lead to long term complications, but you can also have the virus without any symptoms and pass it on to family, friends and residents, many of whom may be at increased risk.”