Kildare Senator backs #bestshot campaign to have Covid-19 vaccines available in local pharmacies

Senan Hogan

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Senan Hogan

Kildare petition launched to 'Save lives, businesses and our future - get the vaccine out'

Senator Vincent P Martin is supporting the campaign

A Kildare Senator is backing a high-profile #bestshot campaign by KildareNow and the Leinster Leader to make the Covid-19 vaccines available in local pharmacies.

People are being urged to sign a petition to the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly so the people of Kildare can let the government know that they believe that the vaccine should be delivered straight to our local communities - through our local pharmacies.

Supporting the campaign, Senator Vincent P Martin of the Green Party said: "I confirm I support this excellent initiative."

The Naas-based politician added: "Well done. I will sign the online petition."

With soaring cases and hospital admissions, the need for an effective vaccine rollout to see our community open up once again will be vital.

Brian Keyes, Editorial Operations Director for Iconic Newspapers, which owns KildareNow and the Leinster Leader, said: 

“Talking to all our editors, while Covid-19 is dominating news coverage, and will continue to do so, with a vaccine there is hope. But many believe that it could be done better, that we are lagging behind and want more information on what is happening. It is obvious why we need a vaccine. We now know what needs to be done. It’s all about the how and the when now.” 

“We need to put our communities front and centre in this roll out, and that means local pharmacies. They are still open, still there for locals, and they have a proven track record with administering the flu vaccine. Between pharmacists and GP’s, 1.1m flu vaccines have been administered since September last. They are trusted, and that’s important. They need PPE, they need to be informed and they need to lead the charge.

“We can’t be left behind, in particular our rural communities. In many villages, a pharmacy is one of the few places open, and it’s important for communities. The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will hopefully be here in a matter of weeks, but we need to plan now, we need to give people hope and the government needs to get our pharmacies involved right away,” he added.

“It’s the only thing people are talking about, and there is frustration when we see roll outs in other countries moving ahead at pace. We know what we can do here and the potential that pharmacies in particular have to the roll out is. We need to get back to meeting family and friends again, to playing together again, back to school, opening up our businesses again. Enjoying the simple pleasures. We have started a petition, calling for our pharmacies to lead the charge in getting this vaccine to our communities.

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