The roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign began in Mayo University Hospital today.
Mary Neary Clinical Nurse Manager 2 on C Ward was the first staff member in the hospital to receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.
Mary received the vaccine from her nursing colleague Pádraig Ó Lúanaigh.
The vaccine was the first to be administered in County Mayo and over the coming weeks the vaccination programme will be extended across the hospital and community services.
Between today and the end of this week, over 500 staff will be vaccinated at Mayo University Hospital.
Mary has worked in MUH for over 14 years and am currently the Clinical Nurse Manager 2 working in C Ward which has been designated a COVID-19 ward since the onset of the pandemic.
She has seen the devastating effect of this infection on the patients and their families and 2020 was a really difficult year for everyone working in the health services.
Mary has been telling Midwest News today that she is delighted to get this vaccine which will offer protection from COVID-19 and from the serious complications it can cause.