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Late Laura Brennan honoured with Dublin portrait

A PORTRAIT of the late Ennis health campaigner Laura Brennan has been unveiled at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Laura, who died in 2019 of cervical cancer aged just 26, worked tirelessly in her final months to promote the HPV vaccine. Laura’s portrait is the first of a health advocate who is not a doctor to be added to the RCPI’s collection. Laura’s family travelled to Dublin for the unveiling, describing the portrait as a “fitting tribute to Laura who was a truly wonderful person and is testament to her outstanding contribution to boosting the take up of the HPV vaccine in Ireland. Her legacy will continue  into the future and we are delighted to be here today in this historic building for this very special occasion.” The portrait was launched at the start of the RCPI annual flagship event, St Luke’s Symposium that focuses this year on Global Vaccination. The painting has been hung in the Stearne room in No 6 …

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Walk in vaccination clinics in Ennis, Limerick and Nenagh

ANOTHER series of scheduled walk-in vaccination clinics for adults and chidren aged 12 and over will take place in Ennis, Limerick and Nenagh on Saturday and Sunday. At the West County Hotel in Ennis and at Limerick Racecourse and the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh, people can get dose one or two of the Pfizer vaccine, or Moderna dose two, between the hours of 9am and 6pm. Anyone attending for second doses of Pfizer or Moderna should bring their vaccine record card with them, and note that for the Pfizer vaccine, a minimum of 21 days must have passed after Dose 1 before Dose 2 is administered. This should be observed also for people who have received AstraZeneca Dose 1 and who are receiving Pfizer for their second dose. The second dose of Moderna must be administered at least 28 days after Moderna Dose 1. Those who wish to attend the clinics do not require an appointment, and do not …

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Response from 18 – 34 year olds to Covid vaccine in pharmacies “phenomenal”

AN Ennis pharmacist has described the demand for the Covid-19 vaccine from 18 to 34 year olds as “phenomenal”. From Monday a number of pharmacies in Clare started administering Covid-19 vaccines to the 18-34 year old cohort as part of the national programme. According to pharmacist Brendan Rochford of Rochford’s Pharmacies in Ennis and Corofin, “The announcement on Friday morning caught us completely by surprise. The phones started ringing non-stop from 9am last Friday. “Our staff have been fantastic dealing with such a huge volume of enquiries.” Rochford’s had already been administering vaccines to the over 50s age group but, according to Brendan the numbers were much smaller compared to the volume of enquiries they have received for the 18-34 yr old age group.  “We have an online vaccine booking system on our website www.rochfordspharmacy.ie which is very efficient but we had to get this set up for the 18-34 year old age group so it was late on Friday before we got …

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Pharmacies give vaccine rollout a shot in the arm

PHARMACIES in Clare have been helping to give a shot in the arm to the national vaccine roll out effort. A number of pharmacies throughout the county have recently started administering the Covid-19 vaccines as part of the national programme. A total of 17 pharmacies spanning across the entire county from Kilkee to Corbally have begun offering the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine, also known as Janssen. Among them is Rochford’s Pharmacies with branches in Ennis and Corofin. Pharmacist Brendan Rochford said there has already been a lot of interest from the public in getting the jab. He says that the vaccination service was quick to take off at the pharmacy. “We already had a list of people who booked their appointment before we even received the vaccines last Thursday evening, so we started our first administrations as soon as possible on Friday morning.” He added, “We are delighted to be able to play our small part in the rollout …

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Doctor slams vaccine debacle

A MOUNTSHANNON resident has claimed the Covid-19 vaccination system for people who are in quarantine is a “shambles”. Dr Joe Griffin (68) was relieved when he received his vaccination appointment recently, having waited so long. After returning from England where he was attending his wife’s mother’s funeral, he was in quarantine at home and was unable to attend. On the Department of the Taoiseach website, it states that he can only leave his home in certain circumstances including medical reasons and he wondered if getting vaccinated was a valid reason for travel. In a statement issued to the Clare Champion, he recalled telephoning a telephone number he received in a text message and waited over 20 minutes in various queues just to speak to a person. After explaining his dilemma, he was put on hold because the person he was speaking with did not know whether or not he should attend for his vaccination. After further delays, he was eventually …

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Former TV host from Clare posts anti-vaccine diatribe on Instagram

SHANNON native Aisling O’Loughlin, who once presented TV show Xposé, has been putting videos and messages on social media, campaigning against taking the Covid-19 vaccines. In one recent video posted on Instagram, Ms O’Loughlin launched into a diatribe against authorities and the media. She said, “The game is up, we can see right through the lies and corruption, it is in plain sight if you care to see it. It is there. “We can see so clearly now that the mainstream media has been bought to propagate this lie. “We can see that the politicians have been bought to push an agenda that is not in our interests. “We can see that our doctors that we used to trust are in the pockets of big pharma. They are pushing an experimental injection on us and we don’t trust it.” In a separate video, she further criticised the mainstream media for, as she put it, pushing the Covid-19 agenda. “Big question, …

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Clare health advocate ‘fuming’ at decision to offer surplus vaccines to Gardaí

QUIN based health advocate, John Wall has called the use of surplus Covid-19 vaccines for Clare and Limerick Gardaí as, “another shocking abuse of trust,” and said he is “fuming” over the  revelation on Thursday that approximately 100 members of the force on ‘standby lists’ received surplus vaccines at the Limerick vaccination centre in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Meelick.  Mr Wall went on to say this decision was, “yet another shocking abuse of trust we have placed in others to administer the vaccine rollout and a blatant disregard for the medically vulnerable many of whom remain unvaccinated. This is really hard to take.” He was critical of what the UL Hospitals Group said they considered to be an “appropriate” decision. “The same hospital that made me fight to get a vaccine, were at the very same time doing this. There are tens of thousands of medically vulnerable people begging to be vaccinated. The mismanagement of our rollout programme is …

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17,167 First Doses Of Covid-19 Vaccine Delivered In Mid-West

MORE than 17,000 first doses of vaccines against Covid-19 have been delivered by vaccinators in the Mid-West, according to official figures. The UL Hospitals’ Group vaccination programme resumed administering the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the Mid-West Vaccination Centre in the Radisson Blu on Sunday, March 21. Up to close of business on Sunday March 21st, ovaccinators had delivered a total of 17,167 first doses, and 5,248 second doses of Covid-19 vaccine. The group’s Vaccination Programme has been rolled out to healthcare workers across the Mid-West, including staff from the group, HSE Mid-West Community Healthcare, the National Ambulance Service, and staff and residents of some nursing home facilities. It has also included patients at very high risk of illness associated with Covid-19, of whom some 699 received their Dose 1 vaccinations on Sunday. Colette Cowan, Chief Executive Officer, UL Hospitals’ Group, said staff are privileged to be part of this mass vaccination programme and noted it is a great boost to …

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