Care homes on the Isle of Wight are beginning to roll out coronavirus booster jabs to staff and residents.
Just one of the Isle of Wight’s Care Homes, Orchard House, recently welcomed doctors from Newport Health Centre who arrived to administer the jabs.
General Manager, Kim Fleming, said:
“I am so proud of my staff. As a home we feel that it is very important that we are all vaccinated in order to keep our residents as safe as we possibly can and to not put the NHS under unnecessary pressure. We remain vigilant and do the very best we can for our residents, ourselves and our families.”
The booster jabs are said to help improve the protection that an individual gains from the first 2 doses of vaccine and are available for the people most at risk from coronavirus who are already fully vaccinated and who have been for at least 6 months.
- people aged 50 and over
- people who live and work in care homes
- frontline health and social care workers
- people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
- carers aged 16 and over
- people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus o rheumatoid arthritis)
- People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
You can find out more about booster doses on the NHS website here.
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