Care home residents' spirits lifted after receiving vaccine

Audrey Silsby receives her COVID-19 vaccine at Melbourn Springs Care Home

Audrey Silsby receiving her COVID-19 vaccine at Melbourn Springs Care Home in Royston - Credit: Barchester Healthcare

Staff and residents at Melbourn Springs Care Home in Royston were "absolutely delighted" to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this week after a challenging year.

Resident Audrey Silsby, 93, said: "It didn't hurt. It was no different to the other vaccines I have had in the past.

"I was lucky enough to have the vaccine here at Melbourn Springs, everyone was so nice."

General manager Karen Allen said: "Last year was like nothing we have seen before in care and now we can see the way out of this pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccines at Melbourn Springs Care Home

Residents and staff received the COVID-19 vaccine at Melbourn Springs Care Home. - Credit: Barchester Healthcare

"My team has been brilliant in stepping forward to take the vaccine at the earliest opportunity."


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Melbourn Springs Care Home, which is run by Barchester Healthcare, is welcoming new residents into their homes while following protocols - including a transition period - intended to keep everyone safe.

Almost 100 care homes across Hertfordshire have received the vaccine so far.

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