Professor Karina Butler, Chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, joined Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to brief media on the COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy. To wit:
The new rollout strategy means the order in which people will receive the vaccine has changed.
People aged 65 and older who live in long-term care facilities and frontline healthcare workers have already been vaccinated under the first two stages of the strategy announced on 8 December last year.
Under stage three, Ireland is currently vaccinating people aged 70 and older, starting with those aged 85 and older.
The new fourth stage of the roll-out, which comes into effect after all those over the age of 70 are vaccinated, will see vaccines going to people aged 16 and 69 who are considered at very high risk of developing severe Covid-19.
Cabinet agree how COVID-19 vaccine will be administered 1 Adults >65 in long term care 2 Frontline health workers 3 Those aged > 70 4 Others in contact with patients 5 Those aged 65-69 6 Key workers 7 People 18-64 with medical conditions or in care 8 Those in crowded conditions
Amazing moment on @GMB this morning as Health Secretary @MattHancock broke down in tears after hearing a man named William Shakespeare talk about becoming the first man in the world to get the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. 👇👇 pic.twitter.com/dBGpZuwPoP
The biggest vaccine campaign in NHS history kicked off this morning, as 90-year-old grandmother Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 jab following its clinical approval.
At 6.31am early riser Margaret, known to friends and family as Maggie, was given the life-saving jab by nurse May Parsons at her local hospital in Coventry.
Maggie, who turns 91 next week, is a former jewellery shop assistant who only retired four years ago. She has a daughter, a son and four grandchildren and is looking forward to being able to go out again once she receives the top up dose.
“I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against COVID-19, it’s the best early birthday present I could wish for because it means I can finally look forward to spending time with my family and friends in the New Year after being on my own for most of the year.”
No it wasn't. I'm a clinician and have administered thousands of IM and SC medications. All vaccines come in sealed viales with a specific needled for that design of viale. On TV they used a green needle and draw up syringe. THIS WAS NOT A REAL VIALE.