ALL residents at a Ryedale care home have received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in time to see in the new year.

The vaccines were delivered to residents at The Hall care home in Thornton-le-Dale one week after staff received their first dose of the vaccine on Christmas Eve.

Chris Mitchell, chairman of Park Lane Healthcare which operates the care home, said: “The residents at the Hall have received the best possible gift to see in the new year!

“The vaccine gives us real hope, as we enter 2021, that there is light at the end of the tunnel and we can look forward to brighter times ahead.

“The loved ones of our residents and anyone considering joining us in their retirement years can be confident that those in care homes are at the front of the queue to receive the vaccine, which will be even easier now that the Oxford vaccine has been approved for widespread distribution.”

On receiving the vaccine, 94-year old resident, Joyce Allen, said: “I feel very happy to have had my vaccine; it has been so well organised. Thank you, to everyone involved.”

The Hall is a converted 17th century home of landed gentry, which now serves as a 54-bed residential care home. It is rated “good” by the Care Quality Commission.