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first dose Taoiseach Micheál Martin feeling 'great' after receiving first Covid jab

The Taoiseach said he "felt great" after receiving the AstraZeneca jab.


Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photo: David Conachy

Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photo: David Conachy

Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photo: David Conachy

TAOISEACH Micheál Martin urged people to get vaccinated against Covid-19 to protect themselves and allow Ireland beat the once-in-a-century pandemic.

Mr Martin issued the plea as he received his own jab at the Health Service Executive (HSE) vaccination centre in Cork City Hall - just metres from the office he used as Lord Mayor of Cork in 1992.

The Taoiseach said he "felt great" after receiving the AstraZeneca jab and then waiting the required 15 minutes for observation after the vaccination.

The Cork South Central TD even joked that he had a good breakfast before attending the vaccination centre.

The 60 year old Fianna Fáil leader said vaccines were successfully turning the tide in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic - and he said it was crucial people take up the chance of receiving their free vaccine.

Mr Martin was registered for his vaccination at City Hall by assistant Helen Fitzgerald.

He received his jab from South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital nurse Brenda Dillon.

The Taoiseach queued for his vaccination processing along with others - most aged over 60 years - at City Hall.

"I want to pay tribute to the team at City Hall and to all those working at vaccination centres across the country," he said.

"Brenda did a fantastic job of vaccinating yours truly and (it was) not a bother."

"I feel great - fantastic."

"I want to thank everyone in the HSE for their work because the situation is really moving with momentum now with the vaccination programme."

"This week hopefully we will see somewhere between 220,000 and 240,000 people vaccinated."

"We are looking at somewhere between 250,000 and 270,000 administered next week."

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"Last Friday alone it looks like we achieved 50,000 vaccinations in one day."

Mr Martin said Ireland's high take-up rate for the Covid-19 vaccines was the envy of Europe.

"These are high volumes of the vaccines being administered and the impact of all these vaccines has been very, very positive in terms of reduced death, severe illness and hospitalisations which were 116 this morning."

"There were 32 patients in intensive care which is the lowest since September."

"This represents very good progress on the vaccination front."

Last February, Mr Martin launched the City Hall vaccination hub - getting a tour of the centre just 24 hours before it opened.

Cork City Hall offers 30 vaccination booths and a special post-vaccination observation area.

It can operate seven days a week and deliver up to 2,400 vaccinations daily.

It began operations on Good Friday and was on target to achieve 1,060 vaccines on Sunday.

City Hall is one of several major vaccination hubs in the city, the others being at Pairc Uí Chaoimh GAA stadium and Munster Technology University (MTU) campus in Bishopstown.

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