Home Instead Newcastle & Stoke's Vaccination Hero

Managing Director, Paul Edden, has further contributed to the nation's fight against COVID-19 by becoming a vaccinator, having spent over 12 months leading a team protecting local seniors and staff from the virus.

Paul has witnessed elderly Home Instead clients rejoice after being vaccinated, so he was keen to participate in the national effort and help others gain protection from the virus. He decided to volunteer at St John Ambulance as a vaccinator, and following a training programme, he is ready to begin immunising the local community.

Already qualified in first aid, Paul is now fully trained to administer COVID-19 vaccines throughout the county. His training programme has expanded his clinical skills, increasing his awareness of his elderly clients' health issues and how they can be alleviated.

It has been a challenging year for Home Instead Newcastle and Stoke, with new guidance from Public Health England to follow, particularly when it comes to PPE. But CAREGivers have done themselves proud, ensuring that clients are physically and emotionally well while shielding; a time when the elderly could quickly feel lonely and isolated.

Paul says: "I was drawn to volunteer for this role due to my first-hand experience of COVID.  Unfortunately, we all know people who contracted the virus, and I was keen to make a difference by offering my time to help with the programme of mass vaccination. I was surprised at the depth and complexity of the training which has provided me with many new and interesting clinical skills too."

To find out more about Home Instead Newcastle and Stoke, and the home care services we provide, please call 01782 622330.