Daughter's plea from US for NHS Forth Valley to vaccinate Falkirk mum, 85, proves successful

A Falkirk-born woman’s transatlantic plea for help to get her 85-year-old mum vaccinated has proved successful.

By Jonathon Reilly
Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 12:30 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 12:32 pm
Falkirk resident Greta Grant has now received her coronavirus vaccine. Contributed.
Falkirk resident Greta Grant has now received her coronavirus vaccine. Contributed.

Washington DC resident Shirley Anderson contacted The Falkirk Herald last week to share concerns her mother, Greta Grant, had not yet received a coronavirus vaccination.

Ms Grant, who lives in Breton Court, Falkirk, was originally told she might have to wait until April to get her immunisation due to the fact she had been rehabbing after a serious injury resulting from a fall.

Her daughter felt compelled to take action and got in touch in a desperate attempt for support.

The Falkirk Herald contacted NHS Forth Valley on her behalf and, thankfully, Ms Grant’s “delighted” family were informed the pensioner would receive her jag on Tuesday.

Detailing her mum’s situation last week, Ms Anderson said: “Ten weeks ago she fell at home and was rushed to Forth Valley Royal Hospital where she remained for six weeks with no visitors.

"She was then transferred to Cunningham House and now she’s recovering in Summerford House in Falkirk. Apparently if older people are in a rehab facility, they are being overlooked to receive the Covid-19 vaccine compared to people who are currently in an elderly care facility.

“I have been on the phone to Summerford and I was given an 0800 number I believe is the immunisation hub. Unfortunately I live in Washington DC and cannot make calls to 0800 numbers.

“I am extremely concerned my mum has been overlooked due to her being in a rehab centre. Obviously, it’s critical she receives the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible.”

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