My vaccine protects me, my loved ones and my patients
‘Reducing the fear’ is a major reason why Oxford Health colleague Joshua Ige is delighted to have had his COVID vaccination on day two of the national roll out.
Joshua is a clinical lead mental health occupational therapist on Ashurst Ward, a 13-bed psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Littlemore Mental Health Centre for male and female service users with a range of mental health challenges who, for a variety of reasons, may not be able to cope with care on a standard acute mental health ward.
His role involves face-to-face assessments with service-users to aid their recovery.
Joshua, pictured, explained: “I believe that this vaccine will give me the opportunity to work even more safely and reduce the fear of getting infected or infecting my loved ones and service-users.
“I have been working carefully for a long time and observing all the infection control measures and that will of course continue. I see the vaccine as an added layer of protection that benefits patients, myself and my family.
“The staff giving the jab at the Churchill Hospital were extra friendly, and the process was really efficient. I was out in 30 minutes and even given refreshments!”
Published: 14 December 2020