Lincolnshire’s over-65s care home population protected by Covid-19 vaccination
In doing so, Lincolnshire meets the first of the national target dates in the vaccination programme and has protected the highest percentage of its care home residents across the Midlands region.
Dr Sunil Hindocha, Lincolnshire GP, said: “This is a magnificent achievement by our primary care teams throughout Lincolnshire, working alongside Lincolnshire County Council, our social care and voluntary sector colleagues, and many more to protect the most vulnerable in the county.
“We hope Lincolnshire’s public will join us in extending a huge thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to give us such a great start, as we now focus on completing the vaccination of all Lincolnshire’s current priority groups.”
Melanie Weatherley MBE, Chair of the Lincolnshire Care Association, added: “We are particularly proud that in Lincolnshire we have achieved the first target within the covid-19 vaccination programme. The objective of reaching each and every one of our 202 eligible care homes was particularly challenging in the county.
“We have 40 per cent more care homes to visit than some of our neighbouring counties, and they are located across an area than covers 40 per cent of the East Midlands alone, so this is a significant milestone for the people of Lincolnshire, and one that is so important to the care home staff and residents that we have visited to protect.”
Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell OBE, Lincolnshire County Council’s Executive Councillor for Adult Care, said: “The most rewarding part of this achievement is the impact it will have. Reaching our most vulnerable residents has been the priority of this vaccination programme, and we know that, for every 20 vaccinations given in a care home, a life is saved. We are immensely proud to have played such an important part in the fight against this pandemic in the county to date, and are committed to continuing the good work.”
The government asked local NHS systems to vaccinate all of their care home population by January 24.
• For more information on the county’s Covid vaccination programme, visit www.lincolnshireccg.nhs.uk