On Wednesday 17th February, we held our first online public lecture Getting Ireland's Adults COVID-Vaccination Ready. Over 6,000 people registered to attend the live event and a further 10,000 have viewed the recording on the IGS website. If you or your family-members missed the live event, the recording remains available, at this link, to share and view at your convenience.
I am very grateful to all of our participants for their support of this event. My thanks to Prof Luke O'Neill for his inspiring lecture and our panellists Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer HSE; Dr Siobhán Kennelly, National Clinical and Advisory Group Lead for Older Persons (HSE); Dr Diarmuid O'Shea, Consultant Geriatrician and IGS past president; Prof Rose Galvin, Physiotherapist and IGS Vice President; Ms Deirdre Lang, Director of Nursing Older Persons Services (HSE).
My special thanks to Olivia O'Leary for her meticulous preparation and her impeccable professionalism and delivery while chairing the event.
Feedback from the public has been heartening and hugely positive. Here are just a few of the many messages we received:
"Many thanks for this and I had the chance to watch/listen back last evening. I would suggest the best Public Service Broadcast I have heard/listened to in Ireland since Covid arrived at our shores. Congratulations to all involved and maybe an idea to send the link to RTE to give them an idea as to what type of broadcast delivers real value in a non-sensationalist manner - perhaps George Lee!"
"I would like to express my thanks to you and the panel of experts for a most illuminating lecture on preparation among the elderly for COVID vaccination. Each speaker was very clear, practical and informative and Olivia O’Leary’s facilitation and questions to the panel were most helpful."
"I loved your talk yesterday being a Senior getting ready and looking forward to vaccination which I hope will allow me to meet and hug in fact squeeze my wonderful Grandchildren meet up with family and friends and somewhat get back to 'normal' living which I expect to be very different. So I would like to thank you and all your speakers for a very interesting afternoon."
"Thank you so much for a wonderful, clear and optimistic presentation today. Please do similar presentations. I have learnt more in 90 minutes than in the last 9 months!"
"Congratulations and many thanks for a wonderful lecture this afternoon. It was instructive, interesting and enjoyable, and the time flew. I am in my 60s and am quite fit so am lucky so far. Many thanks to all concerned."
We plan to do a further three public lectures during 2021 and details will be forthcoming shortly.
Prof Rose Anne Kenny, President of the Irish Gerontological Society