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Covid-19 Outbreak At St Gerard’s


t was a move that caused outrage back in March, when the Beacon hospital supplied St Gerard’s with jabs for the boys.

And now it would appear that those vaccine shots haven’t quite done the trick.

News broke this morning that a number of teachers and students at the Bray school have now tested positive for Covid-19.

It is understood that a number of teachers got their positive results in recent days, with three other staff identified as close contacts have been asked to also self-isolate.

In addition, two students have also tested positive for the coronavirus.

Headmaster for St Gerard’s, Tom Geraghty, told The Irish Times that both the senior and junior schools remain fully operational, with those teachers identified as close contacts are continuing to conduct classes from home.

St Gerard’s employs over 100 staff and houses 800 students, with last month’s news that 20 of the private school’s staff receiving Covid-19 vaccines from the private Beacon hospital.

Having issued a letter to parents in which the school board ‘sincerely apologised’ for its role in the vaccination controversy, St Gerard’s said that it had been approached by the Beacon and was assured that using the vaccines in order to avoid waste had HSE permission

The hospital later confirmed that offering the vaccines was not in line with the sequencing guidelines in place from the HSE, something the board of St Gerard’s found “deeply concerning”.