The vaccinations were delivered by Tupwood Gate’s Matron Sue Stepney and Deputy Matron Paula Deadman, who signed up to join the Alliance for Better Care vaccination team, which is delivering the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme across East Surrey and Mid-Sussex. Tupwood Gate, in Caterham, was among the first nursing homes in the area to be offered the first vaccine on January 7.
After giving the second jab to staff and 25 residents at Tupwood Gate on Thursday afternoon (11 March), Sue Stepney said: “Today marks a year, to the day, since the World Health Organisation declared Covid 19 a pandemic.
“It’s wonderful that today also sees the conclusion of our vaccination programme with the administration of the second Covid vaccine to both our residents and staff. With the vaccination figures climbing every day around the region, we will hopefully soon be in a position to safely open our doors for more visits whilst observing the social restrictions in place at the time.”
The vaccination programme was overseen by Dr Richard Wright, the nursing homes attending GP, and the Clinical Director for North Tandridge PCN.
Sue and Paula completed a course in both the Pfizer and Astra-Zeneca vaccines and have been delivering the vaccine to members of the public across East Surrey since before Christmas, putting in shifts at vaccination centres in the local area.
Alliance for Better Care is a not-for-profit GP federation that unites more than 40 GP practices within the East Surrey and Mid-Sussex region, is helping to deliver the Covid-19 vaccination Programme.