Covid: Vaccine roll-out begins!

There was some positive news midst the Covid gloom this week with the roll-out of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine commencing at Roscommon Hospital yesterday (Wednesday).

Dr. Gerry O’Mara, Consultant Physician at Roscommon University Hospital, was the first staff member in the hospital to receive the vaccine. Dr. O’Mara received the vaccine from his nursing colleague, Siobhan Carty, Clinical Nurse Manager 1 and Peer Vaccinator.

The vaccine was the first to be administered in County Roscommon. Over the coming weeks the vaccination programme will be extended across the hospital and community services. By the end of this week, the team at RUH expect to have administered up to 500 vaccines.

Dr. O’Mara said: “I am delighted to get this vaccine which will offer protection from Covid-19 and from the serious complications it can cause. I have worked in RUH for over 18 years and across the health service we have seen the devastating effect of this infection on our patients and their families”.

Mary Garvey, Hospital Manager at Roscommon University Hospital, said: “Everyone in RUH is delighted to see the commencement of this vaccination programme. Our plan this week is to vaccinate as much of our staff as we can. After a really difficult year we are delighted that this vital vaccination programme has begun here in Roscommon University Hospital and we look forward to its further roll-out across the wider community”.