THE UL Hospital Group staff have been receiving vaccinations as the programme rolls out.
“It’s a relief for all of us who have been waiting so long for this day. It makes us all feel that bit safer and it will help keep our patients safer as well,” said Ms Kenny.
She was speaking after the recommencement of first dose vaccination clinics at UHL on Wednesday, February 10th, coinciding with the first delivery to the hospital of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
As of Wednesday, February 10th, we have delivered a total of 5,631 Dose 1 vaccinations and 3,700 Dose 2 vaccinations across UL Hospitals Group.
Included in these numbers are ULHG frontline staff, as well as frontline healthcare workers in the Midwest prioritised by our colleagues in HSE MidWest Community Healthcare, the Department of Public Health MidWest, the National Ambulance Service and Bon Secours Hospital Limerick at Barringtons.
In addition, our vaccinators, along with community colleagues, have been delivering the vaccine to residents and staff in residential care settings and nursing homes across the MidWest. Last weekend we began the second dose vaccinations in the Nursing Homes.
Ms Margaret Gleeson, Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery, UL Hospitals Group, said: “We are very proud to be part the vaccination programme in our long-term care facilities. As work in these settings nears conclusion in the MidWest and around the country, there is a renewed national focus on vaccinating frontline healthcare workers.
“We are delighted to have recommenced this work this week with a small initial delivery of the AstraZeneca vaccine. We expect further deliveries over the next two weeks and while supply will continue to be a limiting factor, we are pleased to now accelerate the vaccination of frontline healthcare workers across all of our sites to afford that extra assurance to patients and staff.” she added.