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Paul Edwards, director of clinical services at Dementia UK, said (see earlier post):

Whilst the introduction of the vaccines alongside other infection control measures, such as social distancing, PPE and handwashing, are essential tools in managing the pandemic for residents and staff in care homes, it is still the case that the impact of the pandemic is very mixed across the UK. People with dementia and their families have been significantly hit by this pandemic. It is essential that we have proper clinical plans which manage and mitigate risk, but at the same time provide hope and a way forwards for those many residents and families who are desperate to be re-united. Public health, care home providers and families need to work as one to reduce transmission rates and bring families back together.

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