Interview with professor Luke O’Neill
It was a great honour to welcome professor Luke O’Neill to our virtual assembly on World Earth Day -Thursday 22nd April. Luke has become a very familiar face on our screens over the past year as Ireland’s leading immunologist. He has been a beacon of hope and optimism in the past year as he has always given us the best case scenario for our Covid-19 situation. He was a wonderful speaker and really engaged with the children’s questions, explaining things like the new variants and vaccines in terms of cowboys and sheriffs!
Hopefully he will return for Science week in person next year!
The children put their thinking caps on and came up with a long list of questions they wanted answers to. Luke was very impressed with their scientific knowledge and told them to be sure to always stay curious!
Below are the questions the children asked.
Have you ever been to Clogherhead?-
2.Do you think Covid-19 was manufactured in a laboratory or do you believe the bat story?
Dylan -Ms Neary
Why does the virus not affect children like it does adults? And why do some people get very sick and others don’t?
What do you miss most from your pre-covid life?-
Did you get the vaccine yet and if not which one would you choose if you were offered all of them?
Siofra -Ms Gaffney
6.Will kids be getting the vaccine and Is there a way to get the vaccine without a needle? –
7.Have you ever made a mistake and didn’t realise it for a long time? –
8.Why do you only need one dose of one vaccine and two doses of the others?
Connell – Ms Talt
If you took 2 different vaccines would you have extra immunity to the new variants?
Luke -Mr Crosbie
10.If you weren’t a scientist, what would you do?-
11.Who do you find an inspiration? Who do you admire? –
Aoibheann – Mr Fortune
12.Do you think the virus will get ahead of the vaccines and mutate faster than we can create herd immunity?
Ronan – Mr Fortune.
Have you ever witnessed or discovered something that couldn’t be explained by Science?