Lakeside care home is the first in Wigan to receive a visit from the health board staff to administer the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
The atmosphere in the home was electric as residents received hand-delivered letters to say they would be able to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in the home this afternoon. The home celebrated with a glass of bubbly and a good old-fashioned sing-song.
Best friends Winnie Shaw and Marion Darbyshire were first in line for the vaccine, the pair who are nicknamed double trouble after reuniting at Lakeside care home after 73 years apart held hands as they were vaccinated, Marion Darybyshire 91 say’s “I didn’t feel a thing, it is very important that you have it.”
Home Manager Gail Howard expressed her delight that residents were able to get the vaccine.
Gail said: “This is such an exciting day for us at Lakeside and we could not be happier. We have been singing and dancing to celebrate.
This past year has been like no other. Our team have worked so very hard to keep our residents as safe as possible, we have had to think outside of the box at times for activities, we have been out in our minibus to safari parks and drive-in cinemas but we haven’t been able to get off that bus, we are now one step closer to being able to get back to normality.
Gail continues “We know how hard it has been for relatives and friends who have only been able to see their loved ones in our visitation lodge and denied the ability to hug them during these difficult times. This vaccine is hopefully the beginning of the end for us, it’s the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Residents at the home will be receiving their second dose of the vaccine within the next 4-12 weeks, which will complete their coronavirus vaccinations
For more information on Lakeside care home visit www.millennium-care.co.uk/lakeside-care-home/