Rosemary Lee is the first person in Monaghan, Residential Services for Older Persons to receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID19 vaccine

HSE Media Release: 12 January 2021

On Saturday  9th of January Rosemary Lee, 81 years old, female from Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan became the first person in residential services for Older People in Monaghan, Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 (Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo) to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Rosemary who has been happily married to Eddie for over 50 years said, “I’m happy to receive the vaccine today. It is a privilege to have it. I want to thank all of the staff at St Marys for looking after us so well".

Rosemary was given a HSE vaccine information leaflet, along with more detailed manufacturer’s patient information leaflet, before getting the vaccine. Afterwards, each person vaccinated was given a vaccine record card, showing the name and batch of the vaccine they have received. Residents and Staff will each return for their second dose, to be fully protected, in three weeks.

Dr Michael Clarke, Medical Officer at St Mary's and local GP was the first 'staff' member to be vaccinated at St Marys, he said: 

"This is an important day in our fight against Covid-19.  I am happy to be receiving this vaccine and wish to encourage all those who are invited to get the vaccine to take it”. Two other local GPs were also vaccinated".

John Hayes, Chief Officer of CHO 1 said:

“This is a good day for the residents and staff of St Mary's, Hospital Castleblayney, and we are delighted to be rolling out the vaccine for our community. I would particularly like to thank all of the healthcare workers in CHO 1 who worked tirelessly to make this possible. I would also like to thank healthcare staff who have worked so hard at the frontline over the past year to protect our community from Covid-19 and support those who were impacted by this deadly virus. While today does offer us hope, it is important that we continue to adhere to the public health guidelines to keep safe while the vaccine is being rolled out over the coming weeks and months. It is important to remember that by wearing a face covering, maintaining physical distancing and practising good hand hygiene, you’re supporting frontline workers to maintain essential health services for the people of CHO 1”.

Ms Margaret Mc Nally, Person In Charge at St Mary's was part of the Vaccination Team and was delighted with the uptake and how smoothly things went today. She said:  

“This is a great day for Rosemary Lee and her family and all our residents and staff. Since March 1st 2020 our residents and their families and staff have been living in fear and preparing for all the worst-case scenarios that Covid 19 could bring to our door, they have been separated from their loved ones for almost a year and they have paid a heavy price, Now as we vaccinate today, we start to build the wall of protection for our residents and staff and we look forward to 2021”. Margaret added, "I wish to thank the vaccination team of Marie Campbell, Helena O' Reilly, Stephen Brennan and Margaret Gallagher for their great work."  

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.

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Last updated on: 12 / 01 / 2021