What does the vaccine do?
There are different versions of the Covid-19 vaccines currently circulating in the UK. The Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine (viral vector) is made from a weakened version of a common cold virus. It has been modified to look like coronavirus so that when the vaccine is injected into a patient, it prompts the immune system to start making antibodies and primes it to attack any coronavirus infection.
The Moderna and Pfizer BioNTech vaccines use RNA which uses a tiny fragment of the virus’s genetic code. This starts making part of the virus inside the body. The immune system then recognises this as foreign and starts to attack. It takes about 21 days for the vaccine to develop in the body to provide a level of protection.
Here’s a table for more information:
Vaccines at Stanfield
Care homes are in the top two priority groups with ‘residents in a care home for older adults and their carers’ and ‘frontline health and social care workers’. With this in mind, we made sure to follow guidance received by the Government on how to prepare. Here is a list of some of the things we did:
- Put together staff lists to coordinate each staff member
- Assembling necessary documents confirming staff employment in the care sector
- Keeping staff records of vaccinations
On the 9th January 2021, Stanfield Nursing Home received a batch of Covid-19 vaccines to provide our staff and the people we care for. The process was led by the home’s nominated GP and a team to support her. Two vaccinators and our team worked their way through everyone very efficiently and with a great caring attitude. Vigilance with Infection Prevention & Control remains essential in our Worcester care home.
Contacting Stanfield Nursing Home
For more information on Covid-19 vaccines, check out the BBC website. If you are interested in finding out more about our care home, head to our website today or visit our social media for daily updates. Alternatively, you can call 01905 420 459 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.