Frank Cooke, aged 71, was one of the first care home residents to receive the vaccination.
By Lucy Ashton
All eligible care home residents across the local health board area have now been offered their first vaccination to protect them against COVID-19.
6,019 residents in 143 care homes for the elderly have received the vaccination so far. This represents over 90% of all elderly care home residents within Glasgow City, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire and East Dunbartonshire.
A small number of residents were unable to be vaccinated initially due to issues such as ill health. When those clinical circumstances have improved, teams will administer more vaccinations to both residents and care home staff.
Jane Grant, the Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, pictured right, said: “This is fantastic news. We all know the impact that COVID has had on our elderly communities and while there is much still to do to beat this virus the completion of the first round of vaccinations within our care homes for the elderly is something we can be rightly proud of.
“I want to congratulate everyone who has been involved in rolling out the vaccine to care home residents across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
“It has been an incredible effort from our teams across many areas, both clinical and non-clinical groups and I want to thank each and every one of them.
“I also want to pay tribute to teams within each Health and Social Care Partnership and all those working within care homes for the elderly in helping with the vaccination roll-out who are doing such a tremendous job.”
Crosslet House council care home and Castleview private home, where people have died during the pandemic.
West Dunbartonshire Council leader, the SNP’s Jonathan McColl, refused to comment to The Dumbarton Democrat.
LibDem health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton and SNP health board member and SNP leader at West Dunbartonshire Council, Cllr Jonathan McColl.
Meanwhile, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to routinely publish how many doses of the various covid vaccines it currently has on hand and criticised a series of blunders that have seen the Health Secretary mistakenly identify a vaccine storage site in England and remove a Covid vaccination plan just hours after it was published.
Mr Cole-Hamilton said: “Our national mission right now should be getting jabs into arms. Instead, we are dealing with the fallout from clumsy and avoidable errors. This will do nothing for public confidence or the security of the vaccination process.
“Yesterday it was revealed that 200,000 doses destined for Scotland were still in storage in England. Routinely publishing how many doses are on hand would help to give the public a better sense of the logistics involved in rolling out the vaccine and drive the government to get them to those in need as swiftly as possible.
“Every day that restrictions are in place, the impact on Scotland is immense. The Scottish Government need to give people hope that an end is in sight. That means trusting people with more information.