Klara Golden is among the Dublin pharmacists who are able to administer Covid-19 vaccines to local people.
There is a massive demand for vaccines as the government rush to get as many people vaccinated as possible before the Delta variant takes hold.
Klara and staff in The Rise Pharmacy, Glasnevin are delighted to play their part in what they hope will be the first step in a return to normal times.
The majority of her customers are happy to get their hands on a jab, with many others waiting for that all-important call.
She spoke to Dublin Live about the busy and exciting time in the store.
She said: “I think people are just anxious to get vaccinated at this stage.
“I think they’re willing to take whatever comes their way.
“There’s a lot of very anxious people out there willing to get done.”
The atmosphere in Klara’s practice is infectiously happy. The pharmacist’s only problem is that they do not have enough vaccine to meet the demand.
“I just wish we had more vaccines for people.
“We’ve had to turn a lot of people away.”
Klara admits that the work is difficult as her list is constantly changing and expanding.
“We have a list and the list is ever changing because people are being offered vaccines from clinics, other pharmacies, GPs.
“It’s kind of hard to keep on top of the list- it’s expanding at a very quick pace…
“It’s definitely worth it.”
The north Dublin pharmacist says that customers are worried about the new variant and want to protect themselves.
“To be honest, I think a lot of people want to get vaccinated now, especially with all the new variants coming along.
“They’re anxious to get covered and just to protect themselves and their families.
“A lot of people want to get back to college and start living life again.”
Klara believes that the hard working days are completely worth it, for the relief and happiness the vaccines bring.
“People are very happy when they get vaccinated.
“We’ve only done a small number so far because we were waiting for a delivery for today.”
The Glasnevin chemist is set to administer 100 vaccines tonight, a challenge Klara is more than ready for.
“I think tonight will be very exciting, very happy and you know they’ll be delighted to be vaccinated and have their little cards in their hands.”
She says that the debate over the efficiency of particular vaccines is often to put to the side as most people simply want to get themselves protected against Covid-19 as quickly as possible.
“I think most people want to get a vaccine, whatever they can get their hands on.
“They’ll take it at this stage.”
Klara hopes that they will be given more vaccines to meet the demand. She is ready to keep doing the hard work, provided they have the means to do it.
“I wish they would give us more vaccines.
“If they keep giving us vaccines- we’ll keep going.”
She recommends chatting to your local pharmacist if you have any concerns about the side effects of the vaccine.
“I would say don’t worry too much about it- the main thing is to try and get vaccinated if you can.
“The risk of anything happening is very low.
“Once everyone is vaccinated, then hopefully all this will stop.”
Another nearby north Dublin pharmacist echoes this advice.
Darragh Gallagher of Medicare pharmacy on Frederick St adds that customers might need to be patient to move their way up the list.
He agrees that the work is difficult but rewarding, as pharmacists play their part in the vaccine rollout.
“We’re glad to do our part and it’s rewarding from that point of view.
“It obviously adds to our work but you wouldn’t see that as a negative.”
Ireland now has one of the fastest vaccination rates in the world according to not-for-profit organisation ‘Our World in Data’.
The nation’s seven day rate of vaccination is only surpassed by Canada, Portugal and Sweden.