The rollout has begun.
There were happy faces aplenty in Cramer’s Court Nursing Home in Belgooly today as some of the most senior residents received the Covid-19 vaccine.
Among them was 100-year-old Denis Dilworth from Donoughmore, who gratefully accepted the jab just four weeks shy of his 101st birthday.
Born in 1920, when Éamon de Valera was president of Ireland, Denis has seen his fair share of global turmoil, but with any luck, coronavirus is not something he’ll need to worry about after he receives his second dose in a few weeks time.
People aged 65 years and older who are residents of long-term care facilities are among the first to be vaccinated in line with the Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy.
The next groups are frontline healthcare workers, people aged 70 and older, other healthcare workers not in direct patient contact, people aged 65-69, key workers and people aged 18-64 with certain medical conditions.
The residents at Cramer’s Court have fully embraced the digital world since the pandemic made visiting difficult. With all non-essential visiting, children or groups banned for the time being, they’ve been keeping in touch via Zoom, with regular check-ins from groups such as Kinsale Men’s Shed.
Santa stopped by for a visit directly from the North Pole, complete with a Garda escort, at Christmas too.