Double dose success – almost 90% of Whiteley staff and care residents fully vaccinated

29th April 2021

Almost 90%* of Whiteley Homes Trust staff, and residents who receive care from the Trust at Whiteley Village, have now had both doses of the Covid vaccine following the success of our second on-site vaccination clinic. It is also estimated that over 80% of our other residents living independently, have received their second dose too.

With a new study showing Covid vaccination not only significantly helps protect against infection but can also reduce transmission of the virus to others by up to half, this is excellent news for everyone living and working at Whiteley Village.   

To date, Whiteley has only had twelve infections during the whole of the pandemic, with just two deaths – both of whom contracted and died of the virus in hospital.

There were no infections at all in Ingram House, our residential care home, just two in the Eliza Palmer Hub nursing home (both of whom fully recovered) and ten in the rest of the Village of over 400 vulnerable people – including nine centenarians up to the age of 107.

Kevin Humphrys, Director of Care and Community at the Whiteley Homes Trust, said: “We are very proud of our extraordinary Covid safety record which makes Whiteley Village and the care homes within it, some of the safest places for older people to live in Surrey.

“This final round of Covid vaccinations will only improve our safety further, and we are very grateful to all the NHS staff who attended both Whiteley clinics, and the team of Trust staff who organised and ran them so efficiently on the day.”

Trust leaders are confident however that Whiteley’s amazing safety record was no accident but the result of prompt action and good preparation. Kevin Humphrys said: “In March last year – and before Government regulations were published, the Trust proactively introduced strict Covid safety and infection control measures in all our care facilities, including temperature checks and additional hand sanitising – putting the safety of our residents and our staff at the top of our priority list.

“Thanks to excellent planning and the fantastic support of many donors and supporters of our charity, we have never run out of PPE, sanitising gel or any safety equipment.”

Early on in the pandemic the Trust launched a Covid Taskforce, and to help further protect our independent-living residents, staff and volunteers delivered groceries, prescriptions and ran a new Whiteley meals on wheels service – which is still operating. Every independent resident also received at least one welfare call from our Housing and Support or Community Teams to make sure they were ok and managing well.

Kevin added: “It’s been an incredibly tough time for all our staff – especially our care team, but everyone stepped up to the challenge. Another excellent example of this was our staff absence rate, which last year dropped to just 2.3% during one of the most difficult periods any of us can ever remember. This was an exceptional achievement given the circumstances and the Trust’s Leadership Team are hugely proud of, and grateful to, all our staff for their commitment to our residents and our charity.”

* Notes:

  • Whiteley staff: 89.21 % of staff have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccination
  • All new staff starting with the Trust will be required to have the vaccine, unless they are medically exempt
  • Residents in the Eliza Palmer Hub, Ingram House, Huntley House and those receiving care in the Village from our Care at Home Team: 88.37% have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccination
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