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Covid-19 vaccines arrive at Laois nursing home following outbreak which has led to 16 deaths

Covid-19 vaccines arrived at a Laois nursing home, which has been battling a Coronavirus outbreak since the turn of the year, this morning.

The Covid-19 outbreak began in Droimnin Nursing Home in Stradbally on December 30 and the first sad death was recorded on January 4.

A total of 16 people have now sadly lost their lives to the virus.

The Covid-19 vaccine was due to arrive on January 19 but due to the outbreak, this was postponed.

And CEO of Brookhaven Healthcare, Gearoid Brennan, confirmed that these vaccines have now been administered – but only to the residents and staff who had previously tested negative.

All others must wait for 28 days and be Covid-19 free at that stage before they can receive it.

Mr Brennan said that the remaining 48 residents, with the exception of one, are all well now and thankfully, very much in the ‘post Covid’ stage.

While most of the staff who contracted the virus have now returned to work.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.