Frances Hearne – First person to receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles.

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Frances Hearne, Resident, Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles receiving the Covid-19 vaccine

Frances Hearne, a 90-year-old woman from Mullinahone, has become the first person at Community Hospital of the Assumption to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

She got the vaccine today at Community Hospital of the Assumption alongside healthcare workers from the Unit who were also vaccinated. Frances stated that “that today was a very special day and I couldn’t sleep a wink thinking about it all night. I am especially looking forward to the future as my third great-grandchild was born in Clonmel yesterday, there is a great feeling of excitement here today.”

‘I feel very honoured to get the vaccine today’

Nessa Merrigan,

Nessa Merrigan, a CNM1 at Community Hospital of the Assumption was the first staff member to receive the vaccine. Nessa said “I feel very honoured to get the vaccine today, we are lucky here at the Hospital of the Assumption to be one of the first in the Country and over the next two days all staff and residents will have received their first vaccine and we are grateful for that”

All Staff, residents and their families 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 return for their second dose, to be fully protected, in three weeks.

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