Video: Relief for care-home residents after being vaccinated
“I want to go to my favourite spot, Bloubergstrand, and just sit and look at the ocean, and look at Table Mountain from there. It’s the most wonderful sight in the world.”
On Thursday, over 150 residents of Highlands House, a care home for elderly people in Cape Town, received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19.
As with care homes across the country, Highlands House has had to implement a tough lockdown because their residents are most at risk of dying from Covid-19. But the end of the strict lockdown is in sight. In several weeks the residents will receive their second dose and 14 days after that life can begin to return to normal. Staff at the home have already been vaccinated.
Mavis Lee was one of the first residents to get vaccinated. As she sits, waiting for 15 minutes to see that she does not have a rare side effect from the vaccine, she says, “So far so good”.
“This is a wonderful day … We were waiting for this,” says Lee. And even though a surgical mask covers her mouth, you can tell by her eyes that she is smiling.
“We didn’t think it would last so long,” Lee said about the pandemic and the strict lockdown rules that Highlands House and all care homes for elderly people have had to implement to protect their residents. But “it went on and on … eventually we all just accepted it.”
Lee said that she’s looking forward to going out again and spending time with her son. “I want to go to my favourite spot, Bloubergstrand, and just sit and look at the ocean, and look at Table Mountain from there. It’s the most wonderful sight in the world.”
Resident Jenniffer Miller, who prefers going by the name of Jen, said, “I’m so happy”, after being vaccinated. Miller has children in Australia and America, and says she can’t wait to see them. She also said, “I want to go and see my family in Johannesburg. And I just want to get out and see friends”.
Miller has been at Highlands House for three years. She said that when the pandemic started, it didn’t affect her much; she was quite happy keeping herself occupied with reading and music. “I didn’t make a big deal of it.”
This article was amended to include the information that staff at the home had already been vaccinated.
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