Staff and residents at Cluain Arann in Tipperary Town “delighted and relieved” to get Covid-19 vaccine

Aileen Hahesy

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Aileen Hahesy

Staff and residents at Cluan Arann in Tipperary Town “delighted and relieved” to get Covid-19 vaccine

Cluain Arann resident Statia Rossitter receives the Covid-19 vaccin from HSE/South East Community Healthcare vaccination team member Deirdre Corcoran

The nursing director at Tipperary’s Cluain Arann Residential & Community Nursing Unit says their staff and residents were relieved and delighted to get the Covid-19 vaccine last week. 

This week South East Community Healthcare vaccination teams have been administering the vaccine at four more private nursing homes in south Tipperary as well as the Tipperary Town based Cluain Arann, which is a publicly run facility.  

Cluain Arann’s 12 long term residents and 45 staff members received the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccination last Monday, January 11 and will receive the second jab on February 2. 

Cluain Arann’s Director of Nursing Denise Flynn said they were really delighted and relieved to get vaccinated.  

“Since March last year, we have been trying to keep the residents and staff safe. We were just one of the lucky places that has been Covid-19 free,” she told The Nationalist.  

“The vaccinations are a bit of light and hope at the end of the tunnel. 

“Things don’t seem so black. Our poor residents have been very confined and very much restricted with visitors.”  

Ms Foley stressed that even after receiving the vaccine, Cluain Arann staff are continuing to practice all the Covid-19 infection prevention measures and guidelines such as wearing PPE, social distancing and frequent hand washing. 

She praised the  staff for the flexibility they have shown in their work  and for going above and beyond the call of duty to care for Cluain Arann’s residents and patients during the pandemic.

Read more detailed report on the Covid-19 vaccination campaign in south Tipperary in this week's edition of The Nationalist now on sale in local shops.