8th January 2021 (January 8th 2021) Dr. David Fitzpatrick was the first staff member in St Luke's Radiation Oncology Network to be vaccinated with the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine against COVID-19 yesterday. He was vaccinated by his colleague senior nurse Judy Taylor. Staff vaccinations started yesterday at the Hospital with plans to deliver the 1st dose of the vaccine to all staff imminently. Dr Clare Faul, Network Director, St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network said, “It’s safe to say that 2020 was a very difficult year for our staff, our patients and their families. Yesterday was a remarkable day where we had the ability to empower our staff to protect themselves and their patients and save lives. Staff are being offered the Pfizer BioNTech Covid19 vaccine and we would hope to be in a position to vaccinate all staff imminently. We continue to ask our staff and community to work with us to flatten the current surge in covid cases. It is really within our hands. Please stay at home and protect yourself and others.”
Worldwide, vaccines save at least 2-3 million lives each year – and protect many more from crippling and lifelong illnesses. Only COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorised by the European Medicines Agency, having met stringent safety and effectiveness standards, will be used in Ireland. All COVID-19 vaccines will be carefully monitored over time and updated safety data and information will be published and shared by the HSE, on our website and in our printed information materials.
Everyone can find factual, up-to-date information, based on scientific evidence on:
www.hse.ie/covid19vaccine www.gov.ie/covid19vaccine www.hpra.ie www.who.int