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Ireland has got its first delivery of the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
The first vaccinations are expected to be administered on Wednesday.
According to Longford / Westmeath Fianna Fáil TD Joe Flaherty, vaccination teams are scheduled to arrive in Longford by January 21.
He posted on Facebook this evening ;
A dedicated HSE team will commence the COVID 19 vaccination rollout at six local nusing homes on January 21 and will administer to nearly 800 residents over an eight day period.
It will take eight days to administer the first dose, and the second dose will be administered three weeks later.
It is estimated that it will take each vaccinator 12 minutes to administer the vaccine with a target of injecting 35 vaccines per day. Each of the local care homes has been given a draft date for the first vaccination and also the date for the second vaccination 21 days later.
The schedule at the moment:
Lanesboro ~ Costello's Vale View Nursing Home ~ 21/01/2021
Ballymahon ~ Thomond Lodge Nursing Home ~ 22/01/2021
Longford ~ St Joseph's Care Centre ~ 25/01/2021
Edgeworthstown ~ Our Lady's Manor Nursing Home ~ 27/01/2021
Longford ~ Laurel Lodge Nursing Home ~ 28/01/2021
Lanesboro ~ Inis Ree Nursing Home ~ 29/01/2021
The arrival of the vaccine is a welcome development however there will still be an anxious few months ahead with the more contagious variation of Covid-19 having being confirmed in Ireland.