Getting Ireland's Adults Covid-Vaccination Ready

media release dated 11 Feb 2021

Public Lecture


 Wednesday 17th February 2021     3.00-4.15 p.m.

Getting Ireland’s Adults COVID-Vaccination Ready

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Today, the Irish Gerontological Society has today opened registration for a public lecture to boost uptake and increase the efficacy of the HSE COVID-19 vaccine rollout.  We ask that people spread the word about this free online event among older family members, friends and networks.

Maximising the impact of vaccine effectiveness in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic will be a key element in reducing the susceptibility of older adults to COVID-19.  Any health behaviours which will boost immunity, and in particular the immune response to the SAR2CoV vaccine, are very important.

As vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 is rolled out, it is important that learnings from previous vaccination programmes among older adults are used to maximise immune system responses.

Prof Luke O’Neill will discuss factors which influence choice of COVID-19 vaccines.

Prof Rose Anne Kenny will present evidence for health behaviours and supplements which boost antibody responsiveness following vaccination.

The lecture will be co-chaired by Ms Olivia O'Leary, Journalist and Dr Diarmuid O'Shea, Consultant Geriatrician.

Panellists include: Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer HSE; Dr Siobhán Kennelly, National Clinical and Advisory Group Lead for Older Persons (HSE); Prof Rose Galvin, Physiotherapist; Ms Deirdre Lang, Director of Nursing Older Persons Services (HSE).  The panel will contribute towards addressing issues raised and questions posed by the audience.

President of the Irish Gerontological Society, Professor Rose Anne Kenny said “The vaccines have been a game changer in a difficult year. It is heartening that, at all ages, we can employ tactics to boost our general immunity and possibly enhance antibody responsiveness to SARS-CoV-2 vaccination.”

HSE Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry said “Steady progress continues to be made with the rollout of vaccines. Individuals can help to maximise the benefits of vaccination with simple lifestyle modifications.”

Luke O’Neill, Professor of Biochemistry in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute at Trinity College Dublin said “The clinical trials for different vaccines involved varied representation of older adults which has resulted in debate on optimum inoculation for older age groups and frailer cohorts. However, the information is constantly updated and I’ll share why the evolving science affords optimism.”

Due to priorities dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the programme, speakers and panel may be subject to change any time before this event. 


Release date: Thursday 11th February 2021

For further information or to book media interviews please contact:

Miriam Ahern, Director of Partnerships and Philanthropy, Irish Gerontological Society

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