Foster praises community spirit as she gets Astra-Zeneca jab

Date published: 27 March 2021

First Minister Arlene Foster received her first Astra-Zeneca vaccine today at the Castle Park Leisure Centre, Lisnaskea.

First Minister Arlene Foster pictured at the Castle Park Leisure Centre in Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh where she received her vaccination from local GP Dr John Porteous.

Speaking afterwards she said: “I’m just delighted to take my turn and get the vaccine today.

“There is a really positive community spirit here and across all of our centres in a collective effort to combat Covid-19.

“I am grateful to all of the wonderful team of medics and volunteers who are making this happen in GP practices and centres across Northern Ireland every day of the week.

“The programme is having real results. We are seeing falling levels of infection in our over-60s and I’m heartened to see the number of active outbreaks in our care homes reduce well into single figures.

“This week we hit more milestones as over 700,000 got the vaccine for the first time and over 110,000 people got their second jab.

“I’m pleased now to be one of those important statistics. The more of us that get the vaccine, the quicker we will find our way out of this.

“The programme is now expanding with the launch of the SSE Arena facility on Monday. I would encourage everyone who is eligible to step up and get booked in, to help protect themselves and their community.”

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