Last weekend every resident at Woodland View, a nursing home for people who have complex needs, had a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

They are among the first in the country to have both doses as they fall into the government’s priority groups for vaccination. Now that they have received the full vaccine they are better protected from the harmful effects of COVID-19. As a result they can look forward to spending more time with their loved ones as the UK gradually eases lockdown measures.

Residents at Woodland View have complex needs so they receive specialist support from staff at the home. The nursing home is run by Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.

James Sherwin, one of the managers at Woodland View and a registered nurse, said: “Residents receiving the second dose of their vaccine is a momentous moment for all of us at Woodland View. It’s another big step on the road to normality and our fight against COVID-19.

“It means that residents at Woodland View will be safer when they spend time with their loved ones, something I know they’ve been missing throughout lockdown.

“On a personal note, I know I speak for the whole team when I say that it is fantastic to see the people we care for get this extra protection from COVID-19. After a year of fighting this virus it’s vindicating to see the end in sight.”

Jack Woodhouse, aged 83, was amongst the first of the residents to get his jab back in January. Jack is a retired steel works manager at Sheffield Forgemasters.  He is a grandad to four teenage grandchildren. Jack and his wife Doreen celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary last year but couldn’t celebrate in the style they may have liked because of the visiting restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

Jack’s wife Doreen said; “I am really pleased that Jack is able to get his jab. The staff at Woodland View have been really wonderful, they have kept the residents safe during this awful time. They look after the residents and us relatives too, they make me feel that I matter. Jack getting his jab means we are one step closer to being able to spend time together like we used to. Sitting together, talking and looking at pictures of our grandchildren.”