James Crotty and his wife Susan at their new pharmacy in Bennettsbridge
A number of Kilkenny pharmacies have indicated strong support for the #BestShot campaign calling for the Government to engage with them and let them play a role in delivering the Covid-19 vaccine locally.
We in the Kilkenny People and our colleagues in the Iconic group have started a petition to the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly so the people of Kilkenny can let the government know that they believe that the vaccine should be delivered straight to our local communities - through our local pharmacies. Over 1,000 people have already signed.
James Crotty of Crotty’s Pharmacy in Bennettsbridge said pharmacies should be given the chance to help administer the vaccine. The pharmacy opened in late December, and as a trained administrator of vaccines, James immediately began delivering flu shots.
"It needs to happen - we are already giving the flu vaccine and the Covid vaccine isn't a huge amount different than that," he says. "We need to get the vaccine into the public and pharmacies are trusted by the public so it's a good way to get it out there."
Family practice GP Ann Beckett
Dr Ann Beckett, a GP based in Freshford, echoes the sentiment.
"These vaccines are going to save lives and we need to get them out into the community," she said.
"Be it through our GPs or pharmacists, it can only be a good thing. Please support the initiative."