Exemplar Health Care residents and colleagues receive the COVID-19 vaccine

18 January 2021

Resident at Ribble View receives COVID-19 vaccine

2021 has got off to a positive start for many of Exemplar Health Care’s colleagues and residents, who have received the first dose of the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine.

Many of Exemplar Health Care’s colleagues and residents were among the first in the country to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Older adults and people living in care homes, and health and social care key workers, have long been at the top of the priority list for the vaccine.

Exemplar Health Care is a leading provider of specialist nursing care for adults living with complex and high acuity needs.

Across our 32 care homes in England, we’re working closely with local health organisations to ensure that our care home residents and colleagues receive the vaccine as soon as possible.

Colleagues receiving the COVID-19 vaccine
All residents and colleagues at our outstanding-rated Dearnevale care home in Grimethorpe, Barnsley, have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Speaking to our 3200-strong workforce, John Whitehead, Exemplar Health Care’s CEO, shared:  

“I strongly believe that the vaccine is the beginning of the end for COVID-19, and hope that it will end its impact on Exemplar Health Care, and the wider health and social care sector, very soon.

“Having been on the ‘front line’ all year, looking after our residents despite the extreme challenges we’ve faced, it is wonderful that you have all been put at the front of the queue now, to get protection fast (91% immunity after the first dose!).

“A number of our colleagues have already had the first vaccine, as our homes get the call up from the NHS. I expect that everyone will have had their first vaccine early in the New Year, and shortly after that, we should all be protected from Coronavirus (COVID-19). How amazing will that be? To be able to reduce the risk to ourselves and our beloved residents, families and friends.”

And this positive sentiment has been shared by colleagues across the company.

“I’ve been for my first dose of the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine - you’ll never believe how easy it was. Short conversation with a very knowledgeable Doctor, in for the vaccine, 15 minutes and a few selfies later, and good to go!” Lauren

“I received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination on 07/01/2021. Just to let you know that it was just as simple as receiving the flu jab. I would strongly advise others to do the same. If we all stand together we will beat this!” Matthew

“The experience was very professional and it only took 15 minutes. A Doctor will have a short, very in-depth conversation with you explaining the process and discuss any concerns or questions you may have. Thank you to our amazing NHS! Pop along to your local hub to get a vaccination. We can beat this!” Andrea

“Yesterday, I went to Sandwell hospital to do my part in stopping the spread of this awful virus. I would recommend that we all take that step forward and play our part to protect ourselves and those we love!”

About Exemplar Health Care 

Exemplar Health Care is a leading provider of specialist nursing care for adults living with high acuity and complex needs. All of our care homes are nurse-led and support people on their rehabilitation journey from hospital or living in a secure setting, or provide long-term care for those who have a degenerative or life-limiting illness. 

Read more about our 32 care homes across England, and contact our dedicated Referrals Team to make an enquiry.