RESIDENTS and staff at Arthur Jenkins Care Home in Blaenavon received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

The care home was one of the first in Torfaen to receive a visit from health board staff to administer the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

And Winifred Williams, who turned 102 last May, was first in line for the vaccine.

"It's a massive positive," said home manager Jane Saunders. "Once the second dose comes as well, it will be a massive thing for us.

"Hopefully, after the second dose, we will be able to have families coming and visiting them.

"It's a relief for the staff as well.

"Aneurin Bevan contacted us to say they were coming to do all residents and staff.

"We were one of the first care homes in Torfaen [to get the vaccine]. And Win was the first one here to have it.

"All residents have been fine after, there's been no side effects."

Free Press Series: Winifred Williams,102, after receiving her coronavirus vaccine at Arthur Jenkins Care Home in Blaenavon. Picture: HafodWinifred Williams,102, after receiving her coronavirus vaccine at Arthur Jenkins Care Home in Blaenavon. Picture: Hafod

Margaret Harris, interim care operations lead at Hafod, which runs Arthur Jenkins Care Home, said:  "We are pleased to see the vaccination programme being rolled out and witness the progress that’s being made.

"It is definitely helping to bring some positivity and promise of us retuning to a more 'normal' position, although we must continue with our new habits of increased vigilance for a while longer yet.  

"Our priority is protecting our residents and colleagues, and this vaccination is the next step in us doing that and beating the virus.  

"We look forward to the day when we can safely welcome visitors back into our care homes. Until then, we will continue to follow the latest public health guidance and await further advice from statutory services following the roll out of the vaccination programme as well as carrying out our own risk assessments prior to opening to visitors."

More than 15,000 people across Gwent have been vaccinated against coronavirus so far, according to figures released by Aneurin Bevan Health Board (ABHB).

All residents from 34 out of 94 care homes for older adults and all care home staff from 63 of the 94 care homes for older adults across Gwent have been vaccinated.

"We have vaccinated more than 3,000 over-80s and more than 5,000 frontline staff," said the health board in a statement.

GP practices will begin to vaccinate over-80s from next week and have already helped in the vaccination of care homes residents.

The health board said: "We will continue to keep you updated, however due to a number of variable factors, such as the number of doses we are allocated plans can change at short notice.

"We want to thank you for your continued support and together we will help keep Gwent safe."

Across Wales, 91,239 people have had their first dose since vaccines began to be rolled out last month.

Residents at Hafod's Plas y Garn Care Home in Pontypool have also received the vaccine, while those at Cwmbran House Care Home are due to start receiving it soon.