11th March 2021
Caption: William Duggan 88 receiving the vaccine from John Joe McGowan, Assistant Chief Ambulance Office
Last Thursday, March 4th, saw all those aged over 70 on Tory Island off the coast of Donegal offered the COVID 19 vaccine. The island’s two eldest individuals, William Duggan and Mary Diver, both 88, were the first to receive the vaccine. Expressing his delight, William said “I urge everyone who is offered to vaccine to take it.”
The vaccination roll out was facilitated by the National Ambulance Service, Public Health Nursing and GP for the Island, Dr Therese Wheatley O’Neill. Public Health Nurse Sheila Sweeney noted that it was “a great day for Tory and we are happy to be able to facilitate the administration of the vaccine to those vulnerable residents on the island.” Dr Therese Wheatley O 'Neill, GP for Tory Island said she was “delighted to be giving the vaccine to those over 70 on Tory Island as it protects them from the virus and its effects." John Joe McGowan, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, said that “on behalf of the National Ambulance Service we continue to assist with roll out of the vaccine to those communities that are hard to reach ". Those vaccinated on the Island received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. It is planned to vaccinate the remaining residents on the Island in the coming weeks.
The roll out on Tory Island was captured here: