A publicly run nursing home in Co Meath experienced one of the most severe post-vaccination Covid-19 outbreaks across the country during the third wave of the pandemic in January.
The HSE has confirmed that first doses of the vaccine were administered at St Joseph’s Community Nursing Unit on January 12th and 13th, with all eligible residents being vaccinated.
An outbreak of the disease was declared at the nursing home on January 20th with 25 residents at the 50-bed care facility testing positive for Covid-19.
Nine residents died during the course of the outbreak.
The HSE warned that people will not have full immunity following vaccination until after the second dose has been given. Immunity only starts building about two weeks after the first dose.
The second dose was administered on February 2nd to staff and residents at the Trim nursing home who were eligible to receive it. Covid-infected people cannot be vaccinated for 28 days.
“After having both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, most people will have immunity. This means they will be protected against Covid-19,” said a HSE spokesman.
“It takes seven days after the second dose for it work. There is a chance you might still get Covid-19, even if you have the vaccine.” Read Full Article >