100-year old Rossport woman Mary Philbin was among the first recipients of the Covid-19 vaccine when it was administered to all residents and staff in Aras Deirbhle Community Nursing Unit and Belmullet District Hospital.
Aras Deirbhle and Belmullet District Hospital were the first Gaeltacht-based HSE Older People’s facilities to receive the vaccine.
Resident Michael Gaughan, a native of Mullaghroe, Blacksod also received the Pfizer vaccine this week. “I am delighted to get the vaccine – it is the beginning of the end of the virus and I feel so much better,” said Michael.
Two local GP’s Dr Fergal Ruane and Dr. Keith Swanick were in receipt of the vaccine with Dr Swanick commenting: “I feel so privileged to receive the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine today. Thank you to the HSE for prioritising frontline workers here in Belmullet where we saw the highest 14-day incidence recently. Together we will beat this virus into submission by working together in solidarity in the community and reminding ourselves that this is a serious illness that can kill us.”
Siobhan O’Sullivan, General Manager, Older People’s Services, Community Healthcare West visited the Unit and stated “We are delighted that the vaccinations commenced in Belmullet today. The vaccine gives great hope to residents and staff in terms of beating this disease which has impacted on the lives of residents. It also provides great comfort to staff as a protection for residents and themselves.”
All staff and residents vaccinated were 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. They will each receive a second dose, to be fully protected, in three weeks.