The first person to be vaccinated against the coronavirus in Ireland is a 79-year-old grandmother from central Dublin.
Annie, grandmother of ten grandchildren and widowed since October, will be vaccinated at 1:20 pm, said the head of the vaccination program Professor Brian MacCraith. He told Irish media that the vaccination is “the beginning of the end of a horrible period”.
The grandmother said at Saint James Hospital in Dublin that she is honoured and delighted to be the first to be vaccinated. Several more vaccinations will follow on Tuesday in Dublin, Cork and Galway.
Ireland is the 26th country in the European Union to start vaccinating.
Ireland is starting to vaccinate people over the age of 65 and those working in medical facilities or nursing homes.