Veterans at a Salford care home became the first in the Northern region to receive Covid vaccinations from Armed Forces personnel.

The British Army say that the Vaccination Quick Response Force (QVRF) arrived at Broughton House in Salford last Friday to administer the vaccine to former service personnel. The six person team is one of three based regionally in support of the NHS in the North West

“The charity-run home, the region’s primary provider of veterans’ care for more than 100 years, thought their residents would appreciate their vaccinations being administered by friendly faces in uniform.”

Colonel Russ Miller OBE, Commander Army Headquarters North West, and a trustee at Broughton House, said:

“Broughton House asked whether they could get military vaccinators to assist with their first load of vaccinations and it’s a fantastic opportunity to marry up the military youth of today with the veterans that we’re looking after, here in the North West. There was a lot of chat between the residents and the medics we’ve got here. It was wonderful to enable them to have different conversations with people in uniform. It’s a dose of familiarity for people who have been suffering in lockdown and been unable to socialise in the normal way.”

They QVRF was supporting NHS staff from the Care Homes Medical Practice, a unique service for Salford that provides GP services only for care home residents.

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