Vaccines arrive in North Cork as roll out begins

The first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine is administered at Cork University Hospital. (Picture: Daragh McSweeney/Provision)

After months of wishing, hoping and waiting, patients are finally in line for their Covid-19 vaccination – with those aged 85 and older first to be vaccinated.

This week some patients in the North Cork area received their first dose of the vaccine, with more to be invited by their GPs next week to receive their initial jab.

The date of vaccination clinics will depend on when batches of the actual vaccine are delivered by the HSE, so while some practices will commence vaccinating this week, others may have to wait a little longer.

Dr Charlie McCarthy in the Park Medical Clinic explains. “The vaccination is offered strictly by age group with those aged 85-years-old and over in the first group. Two weeks later the next delivery arrives …”

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A print and broadcast journalist for two decades, Graham began his career with Radio Kerry before working on radio in Western Australia and then with Regional BBC radio in the UK. He became the Sports Editor of the Irish Post newspaper in London before becoming a freelance contributor to the Irish Independent and other national print titles. Graham would spend six years as a feature writer with the Independent while also writing for the Sunday Business Post. In 2019 he began feature writing for the Irish Times in a freelance capacity. He was shortlisted for Irish Feature Writer of the year in 2017 at the Newsbrands Journalism Awards and in 2016 for sports feature of the year. Graham spent four years as a reporter with the Drivetime programme on RTÉ Radio 1. He is also the founder and national coordinator of the multi-award-winning Sanctuary Runners Movement and the Together Ireland initiative. Originally from Glenbeigh in County Kerry, he moved to Fermoy in 2012 with his wife Catherine and four children.