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95-year-old is first Kerry community hospital resident to receive vaccine

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HAPPY: John Cremin, a 95-year-old father and grandfather and resident at Killarney Community Hospital, was happy to be the first community hospital resident to receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Kerry from nurse Alan Horgan yesterday morning (Thursday). Photo: Don MacMonagle. Photo: Don MacMonagle

 

By Michelle Crean

A 95-year-old father and grandfather resident at Killarney Community Hospital was the very first community hospital resident to receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Kerry yesterday (Thursday).

John Cremin, who has been a resident at Killarney Community Hospital since 2013, said that he was "very glad" to get it, and is looking forward to a time when he can have visitors again.

“We haven’t been able to have visitors for a while now," he said. "I’m not a bit worried about getting the vaccine, it’s good that it’s here.”

A team of staff at the facility were on hand to administer the first doses yesterday, which will continue again today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) to approximately 200 staff and more than 90 residents.

[caption id="attachment_35459" align="alignleft" width="375"] VACCINE: Director of Nursing Máire Flynn was the first staff member at Killarney Community Hospital to receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by nurse Elaine Moran yesterday morning (Thursday). Also included are the vaccination team members from left: Chandra Baialso, Celine Kavanagh, Elaine Sheehan, Teresa Kerins and Alan Horgan. Photo: Don MacMonagle[/caption]

Director of Nursing Máire Flynn was the first staff member at Killarney Community Hospital to be vaccinated.

“I am delighted that we are receiving the vaccine, and so happy for our residents and our staff. We are so grateful to everyone who has made this happen, and so happy to be a part of this. Our residents are very excited, and are thrilled to be getting something that gives us all new hope for 2021. The important thing about these vaccinations is that they will help us to keep our residents safe.”

Elaine Sheehan is assistant director of nursing at Killarney Community Hospital, and part of the team of vaccinators who delivered the first vaccines. She said she’s delighted to be part of the team rolling out the vaccine and keeping residents safe.

“We’ve a busy few days ahead but it’ll all be worth it. It is just great to be at this point where we can begin to see some light at the end of the tunnel. People realised that we can’t continue to live like this. For staff, this is not just about ourselves, this is about protecting our residents.”

Everyone vaccinated 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. They will each receive a second dose, to be fully protected, in three weeks.

This marks the beginning of Cork Kerry Community Healthcare’s vaccination campaign in residential facilities.

Throughout next week, the HSE says it expects to have teams travelling to more than 30 public and private facilities, 11 in Kerry and 22 in Cork and expects to vaccinate more than 3,500 staff and residents next week alone, and this programme will accelerate in the following weeks.

The HSE said that it aims to have made both doses of the vaccination available to all the staff and residents of such facilities by the end of February.

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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