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Over 10,000 vaccine doses administered in Kerry & Cork - 47 outbreaks confirmed

Jan 24, 2021 18:01 By radiokerrynews
Over 10,000 vaccine doses administered in Kerry & Cork - 47 outbreaks confirmed Over 10,000 vaccine doses administered in Kerry & Cork - 47 outbreaks confirmed
23.1.2021 HSE Covid Vaccinations St. Joseph's Nursing Home, Killorglin by nurses pictured : Sharon Williams Killarney , Dr Caitriona Colohan Community Doctor from Caherciveen , Carolann Fogarty Killarney and Wiebke McGauire from Glenflesk Killarney , Kay O'Connor Tralee and Gerargina Harnett from Killarney , Jackie Linnane Tralee , Catherine O'Sullivan Tralee and Nora Lamb Tralee .. — Anyone vaccinated was given a HSE vaccine information leaflet . Afterwards, each person vaccinated was given a vaccine record card, showing the name and batch of the vaccine they have received. Photo By Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD Tralee Co Kerry Ireland Mobile Phone : 00 353 87 26 72 033 Land Line : 00 353 66 71 22 981 E/Mail : [email protected] Web Site : www.dwalshphoto.ie ALL IMAGES ARE COVERED BY COPYRIGHT ©
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More than 10,000 doses of the Pfizer BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across Kerry and Cork so far. The Cork Kerry Community

More than 10,000 doses of the Pfizer BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across Kerry and Cork so far.

The Cork Kerry Community Healthcare vaccinators are completing the first round of the rollout of the vaccine in nursing homes and community facilities this weekend.

The update comes alongside a warning from the HSE that residential facilities are still facing enormous challenges, with 47 outbreaks in residential settings across the two counties at the moment.

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By tonight, the first dose of the vaccine will have been offered to residents and staff at more than 90 nursing homes and community hospitals in Kerry and Cork.

A statement from Cork Kerry Community Healthcare says the rollout will now immediately move to residents aged over 65 in other long-term residential facilities, such as disability and mental health facilities.

Kay O'Connor, vaccination team lead in Kerry, says it's a great achievement to have offered and administered the first dose of the vaccine to all nursing homes within a two-week period.

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She also pleaded with the public to continue to heed public health advice, as it was confirmed that there are currently 47 COVID-19 outbreaks in residential settings across Kerry and Cork.

A statement from Cork Kerry Community Healthcare says most of these are in residential centres for older people, ie private nursing homes and community hospitals.

Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Chief Officer, Michael Fitzgerald, added he cannot overstate how serious the situation is right now for many nursing homes, community hospitals and other centres.

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Mr Fitzgerald says there is still an urgent need for more healthcare staff, particularly nurses and healthcare assistants, to redeploy to nursing homes.

He issued a renewed appeal for any healthcare staff, particularly nurses and healthcare assistants, not currently involved in direct care of patients or residents and who are available, to contact him at [email protected]

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