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"To protect not only myself but also the fellow residents and staff who, without them, we are so at risk, and they kept us so safe over the previous Covid lockdowns."
Vickery Court, in Invercargill, was the first aged care resident home in the Southern district to receive the vaccine.
Enliven director Carol Riddle said she was “excited and grateful” staff and residents had been vaccinated at the residential home.
“It is such a milestone event for both our staff and residents to receive this after such a tough year with long periods of care home lockdown due to the virus, but we are over the moon the vaccination is now being rolled out to our frontline workers and vulnerable care home residents.”
Residents and staff at Elmslie House and Aspiring Enliven Care Centre, in Wanaka, will receive their vaccines on April 18, followed by Ripponburn Home and Hospital, Cromwell, on April 24, Teviot Valley Rest Home, Roxburgh, on April 30 and Maniototo Hospital rest-home, Ranfurly, on May 1.