Borders care homes start receiving coronavirus vaccinations

CORONAVIRUS vaccinations have now begun in Borders care homes.

The programme, taking place over a two-week period, will see residents and staff given jabs.

‘Community Vaccinators’ have already visited St Ronans House in Innerleithen as part of the scheme.

Ann Slater, a resident who has received her injection, said: “Everyone should take the vaccine if they get the chance.

“It wasn’t painful at all and if it saves you from getting the virus, then it can only be a good thing.”

Care homes will be visited by the ‘Community Vaccinators’, made up of district nurses and local GPs.

Border Telegraph: Karen Renton, who works in St Ronans House, receiving her vaccinationKaren Renton, who works in St Ronans House, receiving her vaccination

Nicky Berry, director of nursing and operations at NHS Borders, said: “Following a successful start to our COVID-19 vaccination programme last week, during which a number of health and care staff received their first dose, we are delighted that we are now in a position to commence vaccinating in care homes.

“In order to minimise wastage of this precious vaccine it was important that we waited for confirmation of how the vaccine could be safely transported before making final preparations for the roll out of this stage of the programme.

“It is a really positive step forward to now be in a position to start protecting the most vulnerable people in our community.”

Karen Renton, senior support worker at St Ronans House, added: “I’m delighted to have been one of the first care workers in the care home and within the Scottish Borders to be given the opportunity to take the vaccine.

“Although I felt a bit anxious about the vaccine, it was something I felt I wanted to do, to help protect myself and others.”

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