Just the jab in Raheny as vaccines roll out in nursing home

by Sylvia Pownall

A nursing home in Raheny is one of the first in the State to administer vaccines to both residents and staff.

Last week 90-year-old resident Lillian Carroll received the first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 at the north Dublin facility.

All residents and staff will be inoculated in coming days in what is a vital step to protect them in the fight against the potentially deadly virus.

Babitha Abraham is the first nurse at the unit to get the jab. She said: “It was great to receive the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine today.

“The rollout of vaccines at the nursing unit is a sign of hope for our residents and other staff here at the Raheny unit. I hope that everyone offered the vaccine in the coming months will accept it to protect themselves and others.”

Babitha Abraham receiving her vaccine

Sharon Trehy, Director of Nursing, said: “This is a day we have all looked forward to. We are delighted to be in a position to offer this vaccine to residents and staff who have endured a very difficult 2020.

“As vaccines are administered to frontline staff and the most vulnerable, we are appealing to the public to do all they can to stay home and stay safe in order to protect the vulnerable and our health system at this time.”

Last month the EU secured an order for 80million extra doses of the Moderna vaccine and the Government has pre-ordered hundreds of thousands of doses.

The makers of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine have now applied to the EU for approval.

Chairwoman of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee Prof Karina Butler said AstraZeneca are primed to have “very significant quantities of vaccine” available pending approval.

She added: “That will allow acceleration for the roll out.”

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