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Departing Covid vaccine head Patricia Donnelly thanks health staff and public as 3.7m jabs delivered

Patricia Donnelly is stepping down from her role as head of the Covid-19 mass vaccination programme. Picture by Mal McCann
Rebecca Black, PA

The outgoing head of Northern Ireland’s Covid vaccination programme has thanked everyone involved in delivering more than 3.7 million jabs.

Patricia Donnelly is stepping down from her role after 18 months.

Health Minister Robin Swann thanked Ms Donnelly for her efforts.

Ms Donnelly described the Covid vaccination programme as having required a “super-human effort from all involved”.

“From getting the vaccine to the right place, giving jabs in vaccination centres, pharmacies and GP practices, or making sure people know where and when to go for a vaccine,” she said.

“To the teams of vaccinators, administrative staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past 18 months – thank you. Your commitment and dedication has been truly remarkable. This was a team effort and it has been a huge honour to be involved.”

Ms Donnelly also thanked the public for coming forward to receive the vaccine.

However, she warned the virus has not yet gone away and urged all over the age of 75 and the vulnerable to come forward for their spring booster jab.

“I would again encourage everyone who is eligible for their booster to get it without delay,” she said.

“Vaccination clinics are still running across Northern Ireland and people are still coming forward for boosters as well as first and second doses. It’s not too late to get protected.”

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