UK Clutching a dementia doll, Sheila leads care home residents in getting vaccine last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- "It's a great relief, we are all a bit nervy about it aren't we, at our age."
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Clutching her comfort doll, Sheila Butler, 90, was among the first to receive the vaccine at her care home. It means she, and her 31 fellow residents at Bowfell House in Urmston, finally have a crucial layer of protection against a virus which has had such a brutal impact on care homes. Sheila, a former district nurse who cared for the elderly, lives with vascular dementia, and it's not clear how much she understands the extent to which Covid-19 has changed the world - or how the vaccine could transform it once again. But to her family, Sheila's place at the forefront of a medical frontier means so much. Granddaughter Roxanne Wormald, 37, from Flixton, told the Manchester Evening News : "My nan hallucinates and hears voices and she finds the doll comforting, it goes everywhere and she found it helpful during the vaccination. Read More Related Articles 'Urgent decision' made to ban arrivals from 16 countries amid fears over Brazilian coronavirus strain Read More Related Articles What we know about the new Brazilian variant of coronavirus "My nan was bathing old ladies in her job well into her seventies. For her to have the vaccine is amazing, it's such a relief." Roxanne, who has a toddler and is pregnant, added: "It's been really hard during the pandemic but I know that where my nan is she is getting the best care possible. We know she is safe. "It's so important that people like my nan get the vaccine. They are most at risk. We need to protect the vulnerable." Jude Graham, 77, is thrilled to get her first jab at Bowfell House, Urmston. For staff, too, the arrival of the vaccine after a year defined by worry and strain is a great relief. The aim is to immunise about 14m people at greatest risk of Covid by mid-February, with second doses to be given up to 12 weeks later. The NHS originally planned to offer second shots of the Pfizer vaccine three weeks after the first, in line with how trials were carried out, but the soaring infection rates meant first jabs for more people have become the government's priority. Matthew Callaghan, director, told the M.E.N.: "It's not over yet but we took a huge step forward in our own battle to defeat coronavirus. To take that first level of jeopardy away, it was a fantastic day. Read More Related Articles Parents could be asked to test primary children for Covid at home under government plan Read More Related Articles Andy Burnham warns pinning all hopes on vaccine is 'dangerous' "Some residents wanted to know what the Covid vaccine was, others had never heard of it - and others were utterly made up and could see where it's leading. They know it doesn't change things in the short-term but that they have something to look forward to. "We’ve been looking forward to this day for such a long time and feel privileged to be getting our inoculations so early in the national rollout. Matthew, whose team was supported by Trafford CCG, Primrose Surgery, Flixton Road Medical Centre and Urmston Group Practice, added: "They just can't wait to get out and about again." Phil Bates, 99, ex Air Force crew, gets first jab at Bowfell House in Urmston As well as all the residents, 49 out of 63 staff members have so far received the jab.
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. She said: "It's been quite emotional because we worked through having residents very poorly (with the virus). "It's been very hard-working through the pandemic, especially in the beginning when we had poorly residents, it was tough but as a team we stuck together and managed to get through it all. But now I feel hopeful that there is an end in sight and we will be able to get back to normal eventually." Irene York , 92, moved to the home a year ago after her husband Harry died of terminal cancer. Irene nursed him to the end. She told the Manchester Evening News : "Having the vaccine was absolutely incredible. "You hear these stories about poor souls having to wait in a car park for four hours, we were upstairs and within 10 minutes it was done, lovely and painless. It was very pleasant for something unpleasant. "It's a great relief, we are all a bit nervy about it aren't we, at our age." Read more of today's top stories here Irene, a former secretary, described lockdown as 'awful', adding: "We've had television, which has been a God send, but it's been hard. I can't wait to go shopping. "We had a nice big garden at home and I miss all the plants coming out." "I still think about my husband and talk to him - I've talked to him a lot this last year. "He was a keen footballer and when I get very excited when United win I can't wait to tell him - but he's not there. But I know people are going through a lot worse than that. I can't grumble and they look after us so well here." Joyce Austin, 79, a great-grandmother of two, said: "We've not been able to see great-grandchildren but we understand why. It hasn't been easy.
Dorothy Pearson gets first jab at Bowfell House in Urmston "The vaccine was a quick sharp prick and that was it. The days have been longer in lockdown but the staff here are very good. "We watch more television than we'd like to but our carers are wonderful." Dorothy Pearson, 89, a fellow resident and grandmother of three, said: "With the vaccine we just go along with what we think is good for us and take it with a pinch of salt - it's just all so new to us isn't it. "It's been hard in general but the carers here are very kind. "I just wish I was with my old neighbours through this, I've been a bit peevish about that."