Laois GAA Chairman backs #bestshot campaign for Pharmacists to roll out Covid-19 vaccines

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Laois GAA Chairman backs #bestshot campaign for Pharmacists to roll out Covid-19 vaccines

Laois GAA Chairman has backed the initiative

Laois GAA Chairman Peter O'Neill is backing the Leinster Express petition to have Covid-19 vaccines rolled out in pharmacies.

The Leinster Express, along with its sister titles in the Iconic Newspaper group, is backing local pharmacies to deliver the Covid 19 vaccines to our communities. They have launched a petition to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly for people to sign and get behind the campaign. (Click here to sign and support)

The Laois GAA boss has seen the GAA organisation have to drastically change their way of doing things in 2020 and already, the Covid-19 pandemic is effecting the GAA's plans for 2021.

"I believe that anything that can speed up the process in distributing the Vaccine into the heart of our communities is to be welcomed. Our local pharmacies have the expertise having rolled out the Flu Vaccine and this system proved to be very successful in particularly to our Rural and elderly population," explained the recently re-elected Chairman of Laois GAA.

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

“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,” said Brian Keyes, Editorial Operations Director for Iconic Newspapers.

“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 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. You can comment on your newspapers facebook, or follow us on twitter - #bestshot.”