THE Defence Forces have stood down from duties at the Punchestown Vaccination and Testing Centre.
Having helped set up the facility, they have been in attendance there since the first vaccination there on 28 April.
“As soon as the pandemic began the Defence Forces became part of this public health emergency,” said Cllr Peggy O’Dwyer.
“Their contribution cannot be underestimated from logistics, construction and operating our community testing centres, contact tracing and vaccinating to name just a few, while in the latter stages it was supporting the HSE and the mass vaccination role out, as well as the testing centre,” said the retired nurse who went back to work to help vaccinate there.
Cllr O’Dwyer specifically wanted to thank the members of the Defence Forces who were assigned to Punchestown: Jimmy O’ Donnell, Aaron Bean, Eric Price, Mick Brogan, Shane Stafford, and Dermot Walsh.
“I would also like to thank RSM (retired) John Murray who remains as a volunteer in Punchestown. We all worked as part of a team, we want to say a big thank you, we will miss you and stay safe,” she said.