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A Covid jab is administered at a HSE Vaccination Centre. Photo: Arthur Carron

A Covid jab is administered at a HSE Vaccination Centre. Photo: Arthur Carron

A Covid jab is administered at a HSE Vaccination Centre. Photo: Arthur Carron

I retired as a consultant physician at Cork University Hospital in February last year, just before the pandemic. During the first wave, I volunteered to return to work, but was not required. When the call went out for vaccinators, I signed up again, and began a lengthy period of retraining. I waited for several weeks and finally got a call asking if I would be willing to work in the west Cork vaccine programme.

I thought I would be vaccinating, but no — what they really needed was a doctor to be available to answer any medical questions from the nurses (who do the actual injections), to assuage any anxieties from attendees and to provide first aid to anyone with a reaction to the vaccine. I work Tuesdays in Clonakilty and Wednesdays in Bantry, wandering around in a green gilet emblazoned with the word “medic”. I have, quite literally, donned the green jersey.


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