Ciaran Sheehy, Manager of Newpark Pharmacy, Newpark Shopping Centre in Kilkenny
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.
It is now accepted that the need for an effective vaccine roll-out is vital for our communities to open up once again.
To that end, 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.
Ciaran Sheehy, Manager of Newpark Pharmacy, has said he supports the campaign.
"Newpark Pharmacy fully supports the initiative to provide your local pharmacy the opportunity to get our community back up and running after the most difficult year we've all had," he said.
Maria in B MacEneaney Pharmacy on High Street also says for pharmacies to deliver the vaccine 'makes sense' as they already have training in that area.
"We do envisage that we will be part of [the vaccine rollout], and we will be ready and willing to go," she said.
Meanwhile pharmacist Aoife O'Keeffe of White's Pharmacy on High Street said that it is also important that training is made available.
"I think everyone will want to be involved in the vaccination programme, unless maybe space is an issue. The HSE needs to offer vaccination training for pharmacies that need it. It is my understanding that this can be done online. This needs to happen so that the vaccine can be rolled out quickly when it is available," she said.