Longest-serving Rathmore resident receives vaccine ahead of 80th birthday


The longest-serving resident at Rathmore House care home in Camden got an early birthday present this weekend, after receiving his first Covid-19 vaccination.

John Beaver, who turns 80 on Tuesday 26 January, received the first of two Oxford-AstraZeneca injections on Sunday (10 January). Rathmore House and Compton Lodge were the first Camden care homes to administer the AstraZeneca vaccine.

John, who moved into Rathmore House nearly nine years ago (May 2012) was thrilled – and somewhat relieved – to receive his special birthday gift!

Reflecting on receiving the vaccine, John said:

“When the team called my name to have the vaccination, I was a little apprehensive at first but really grateful to have been offered it. They asked me a few questions and then gave me the jab.

“I did not feel a thing. I have had no side effects that they mentioned I might feel over the days immediately after having the injection. I know some people – particularly the most vulnerable – are still feeling worried about it. I would now recommend anyone with any doubts to go ahead and have it done as soon as they can.

“Living in a care home, I’m lucky to receive so much support. But life for care home residents is even more restricted than for others. So I’m looking forward to returning to how things were before the pandemic as soon as is possible.”

John is now awaiting his second and final dose of the vaccine which is expected to be administered in March.

New self-funded residents on a permanent stay can get two-weeks free care at any of our four care homes across London. Offer lasts until 31 January 2021. Visit our care home offer page for details.

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