WHILE many people in their 60s have been vaccinated at this stage, the wait goes on for Margaret Morgan, who will turn 101 on June 1.
Margaret’s daughter Peggy says that bringing her to Kilrush or Ennis for a vaccine is not possible and she really hopes her mother can be seen to soon.
She has raised questions over the mobile vaccine unit that has been promised, without a specific date.
“She’ll be 101 on June 1 and she’s still waiting for her vaccine. I was talking on the radio about it, but I haven’t heard anything from the HSE to tell you the truth. They’re all saying please God it’ll be soon, but when?”
Peggy herself has already been vaccinated. “I’m her full time carer and I have my two injections got, and all her care assistants have them got, the public health nurse has them got.
“I have made calls to her GP and it’s all about the mobile unit but I’m still waiting for that to pull up. They say it’ll be a mobile unit that’ll be calling, but I don’t know when that’s going to happen.”
She added, “We’re all very disappointed, all her family is very disappointed about it. But sure we might as well be talking to the cat about it.”
Peggy said that an estimated 1,500 people around the country are also left waiting for a mobile vaccination.
For the moment the wait goes on. “They have said that within so many weeks we’ll get a date, so maybe in the next two weeks, we might get a date, hopefully. We’ll just pray and hope, pray and hope.”
Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.