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08 December 2020

First council staff receive COVID-19 vaccination

Today the first Cumbria County Council staff have received the new COVID-19 vaccination. They are among the first people in the country to be inoculated against the virus.

 As part of the national roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, staff from The Gables residential care home in Whitehaven have been receiving their first dose of the vaccine at West Cumberland Hospital. A second dose will be required in 21 days. Appointments will continue through the rest of the week.

 Social care staff at larger care homes are among the high priority groups identified nationally to receive the vaccine first. Staff at The Gables were told about the opportunity over the weekend and teams have worked hard to ensure everyone had the information they needed to make an informed choice.

 Caroline Kennedy, Support Worker at The Gables, was vaccinated this morning, Caroline said:

 "Being able to get vaccinated today was brilliant. It's absolutely what we've all been waiting for and it was fabulous that Whitehaven got the opportunity. It's given the whole home a boost, the past 10 months have been hard and this is the breakthrough we need.

"I didn't have any nervousness getting the vaccine, I just felt strongly is was the right thing to do for myself, my family, my colleagues and our residents."

 Cllr Patricia Bell, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said:

“This is a really emotional day. Social care staff in our residential homes have had an incredibly tough time over the past 10 months on the frontline of the fight against the virus and they deserve great thanks and praise. While there’s still a very long way to go, the start of the vaccination programme means we can see light at the end of the tunnel and that is hugely encouraging.”

 Cllr Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health, said:

“It’s wonderful to see people starting to receive the vaccine today, it really does mark the start of a new phase in the fight against this virus. It is important to stress though that getting the whole population vaccinated is a huge challenge and will take time. People in the most vulnerable groups are rightly being prioritised and I’d ask everyone else to be patient and keep following all the basic rules - hand, face, space - to help slow the spread. But now we really can keep people safe and start to put this behind us.”

 The NHS are asking the public to help ensure the roll-out goes smoothly:

  • please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, they will contact you;
  • when they do contact you, please act immediately, and attend your booked appointments;
  • please continue to follow all the guidance - hand hygiene and social distancing in particular - to control the virus and save lives.

For further information about the vaccination programme visit www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine



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Today the first Cumbria County Council staff have received the new COVID-19 vaccination. They are among the first people in the country to be inoculated against the virus.