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Woman (97) becomes first at Glenisla Care Home to receive coronavirus vaccine


By Jonathan Clark

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A 97-year-old woman at Glenisla Care Home in Keith has become the home's first resident to receive the coronavirus vaccination.

Betty Bonner, who is the home's oldest resident, received the vaccination yesterday.

She also became the first resident across the Parklands group, which runs Glenisla and several other homes in Moray, to receive the jab.

Betty Bonner, the eldest resident at Glenisla Care Home in Keith, has received the coronavirus vaccination.
Betty Bonner, the eldest resident at Glenisla Care Home in Keith, has received the coronavirus vaccination.

Shortly after, Brenda Harper, manager at Glenisla, became the home's first employee to be vaccinated.

A second dose will be administered to both in four weeks time.

Brenda Harper said: “It was very emotional for us seeing Betty receive the vaccine, especially give she was the first resident in the entire Parklands group to do so.

"After a really hard year for everyone, it was an extra special Christmas gift for the residents and staff at Glenisla and a wonderful way to end the year."

Betty's vaccination marks the beginning of the roll out right across the Parklands group.

Residents and staff members at Parklands & Burnbank and Netherha care homes in Buckie will receive their first vaccination today.

At Speyside Care Home in Aberlour, staff and residents are set to begin receiving their jabs on Wednesday, December 30.

Elaine Taylor, operations director at Parklands Care Homes, believes this will bring relief for residents and family members this Christmas time.

She said: “There is real excitement among residents and staff that the first vaccines are now being rolled out.

"After months of worry and uncertainty, it finally feels like there is light at the end of the tunnel.

"All of our Moray care homes will have been administered by the end of December which is fantastic news. It gives residents, their loved ones and our hard working staff peace of mind.

"The NHS team in Moray have been excellent and we thank them for their continuing efforts as they roll out the vaccine."



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