No hesitation as dedicated nurse Margo comes out of retirement to become a Covid-19 vaccinator


Our Trust has welcomed back Margo McFarlane (pictured) as one of our Covid-19 vaccinators, who despite being retired for ten years had no hesitation about come back to help.

Margo McFarlane

Watch Margo talk about why having the jab is important.

Margo, who trained at our Trust in 1969 and spent almost 50 years with us, said: “As soon as I heard about the vaccine I knew I wanted to be part of it.

“It’s a really exciting time. As a nurse we give injections every day, but this is something different. It’s what we must have to ensure we can go back to any form of normality. That’s why I think it’s so important to have it, and encourage everyone else too. It’s amazing it has been developed and that I’m one of those giving it.”

Margo herself had her vaccine yesterday (Tuesday 15 December) when the Queen’s Hospital vaccination hub opened. That same afternoon Margo was doing her bit by giving the vaccine to others, including care home staff and vulnerable frontline colleagues at our Trust, and other partner organisations.

Margo, 71, is as keen as everyone for life to get back to some normality, especially as her son and daughter, and four grandchildren live abroad.

She added: “My son Barry lives in China with his wife, they’ve already got one child and had another baby last month. My daughter, Rhona, lives in America and also has two children. We’ve not seen them since last Christmas so it has been very hard.

“We’ve had lots of video chats but it’s not quite the same, and I really want to hold my new grandchild. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to travel in 2021 so we’ll be able to see them.”

Read more about our vaccine hub:

Vaccination hub opens at Queen’s Hospital, with care home workers among the first to get ‘game changer’ jab

‘The vaccine can give me back a bit of normality and get me back to the job I love’ – nurse Eileen on having the jab today


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