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Boots Ireland administers first COVID-19 vaccination

Recognizing a milestone moment for Boots Ireland as they administer their first COVID-19 vaccine.

Pharmacist holding phial of COVID-19 Janssen vaccine

Thursday, June 17, was a historic day for Boots Ireland as the first COVID-19 vaccine was administered at its Jervis Street store in Dublin.

In line with Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) vaccination schedule, the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine became available in pharmacies starting June 14 for people ages 50+ who haven’t yet been vaccinated at an HSE vaccination center.

Boots Ireland is the nation’s largest pharmacy chain to offer COVID-19 vaccinations, with 81 of their pharmacies participating. These 81 pharmacies are located across Ireland, meaning customers can take advantage of vaccines in their local community rather than having to travel to a vaccination center. 

Supervising pharmacist Caoimhe Cleary and the pharmacy team from Jervis Street were honored to vaccinate the very first patient at their store.

"We are immensely proud to stand with the HSE and local communities to play our part in this incredibly important milestone,” says Cleary. “To be the first pharmacist to administer the vaccine at Boots Ireland is a career highlight for me. We have all be waiting for this day to come, so this is a moment that I, along with the team, will never forget.”

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