Tullamore transplant teenager celebrates second vaccine

After a year of trepidation, three kidney transplant teenagers came out of cocooning on Thursday, 8 April when they attended Beaumont Hospital for an unprecedented cause for celebration.

After a year of trepidation, three kidney transplant teenagers came out of cocooning on Thursday, 8 April when they attended Beaumont Hospital for an unprecedented cause for celebration.

The former patients at Temple Street Children’s Hospital are among the first in the revised Group 4 classified to be in the ‘very high-risk’ to receive their second and final ‘shot in the arm’ of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, against Covid-19.   

With the changes that were brought in last month, revised group 4 was extended from 18-69 years to include 16 and 17 year olds.

With the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine being the only one currently approved for 16 and 17 year olds the three teens were added to the list and their vaccination will now allow them to return to school with a greater sense of confidence. 

First of the three to receive her second dose of Pfizer/BioNTech on Thursday 8th April at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin was Lana Devine (16) from Kells, County Meath who was accompanied by her parents, former Meath footballer Jody Devine and mother Emer and two younger brothers Liam (13) and Joe (7).

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