Dozens of care residents and team members at Murray Halberg Retirement Village received their first Covid vaccination on Friday (4th June) with a temporary clinic set up in the village centre.
The clinic was organised by the DHB who dispensed the vaccinations while Ryman Healthcare staff members assisted with the set-up and organisation.
Priority was given to residents in rest home, hospital, and special care, plus those in serviced apartments - who loved the fact that they didn’t have to leave the village to receive it.
“We’re very fortunate that we can get it done here,” said Judy Merriott, who moved into a serviced apartment last July and was very keen to get her vaccine as soon as possible. “It can really save your life.”
Fellow resident Douglas Warren agreed: “I’m fine about it all. I’ve always had my flu vaccinations, so I feel confident about this too.”
Muriel Feasey said everybody in the village was looking forward to getting it done. “It’s for the best – for ourselves, for our families, for the whole country. We have got to help one another and protect one another.”
After getting the jab, she said: “I didn’t feel a thing!”
Each resident posed next to a special poster produced by Ryman Healthcare to prove they are all ‘Covid angels’.