‘100% uptake’ on vaccine in residential care – HSE

There has been a "100% uptake" of the Covid-19 vaccine in residential care settings to this point, the Chief Operations Officer with the HSE has stated.

Anne O'Connor stated that the Health Service Executive is "confined by" the variety of doses of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine out there, and that was "not a problem" with administering the vaccine. 

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Claire Byrne, she agreed that inoculating upwards of fifty,000 folks per week "would be a stretch" for the well being service, including that the "challenge is around certainty of supply"

She stated the IT system that’s getting used to help the vaccination roll-out is "very tedious" and "labour intensive", however stated that is being addressed. 

Ms O'Connor stated folks ought to have the ability to entry the system to ebook their vaccine themselves "in the coming weeks". 

She additionally stated "the HSE will administer as much as we can". 

Ms O'Connor stated the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is way more restrictive than different vaccines and she or he stated as soon as different vaccines grow to be out there, they are going to have the ability to be administered by GPs and pharmacists, which she stated will considerably improve the variety of folks being vaccinated. 

This morning the European Commission introduced that it has agreed a deal to buy 300 million extra doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

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Meanwhile the head of Covid-19 vaccine activity pressure has stated he doesn’t settle for that the rollout of the vaccine up to now has been sluggish. 11:05:28 

However talking on the identical programme Professor Brian MacCraith, stated he’s cautious about giving a quantity as to how many individuals might be vaccinated throughout quarter one. 

He stated the variety of folks receiving the vaccine ought to "be limited only by the supply" of vaccine, saying the vaccination of 40,000 folks per week "matches the incoming vaccine" to Ireland. 

Prof MacCraith stated the one factor that may be stated with absolute certainty is that Ireland will obtain 40,000 vaccines per week. 

"We're assured of just over 40,000 vaccine doses arriving from Pfizer per week.  That's the only thing we're absolutely certain of. Just multiply the number of weeks left in the quarter and that's what the commitment is," he stated 

He additionally welcomed the announcement from the European Commission on the acquisition of extra vaccines for EU member states, including that this implies Ireland ought to obtain a further 3.3 million vaccines "on top of what is coming already", he stated. 

Prof MacCraith stated there’s a rising confidence that the "game changer" would be the arrival of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. 

He reiterated that as vaccines arrive to Ireland, they are going to be administered to probably the most susceptible, including that vaccines are to be delivered to 180 nursing properties subsequent week.  

Concerns over vaccine staffing

The co-chief of the Social Democrats, Róisín Shortall, has expressed concern that the HSE isn’t ready to make sure sufficient employees are in place to manage the vaccinations.

In an announcement she referred to as on Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to make clear the employees numbers required and the place the vaccinators will come from.

She stated the HSE "would appear to be relying on school vaccinators, who currently work limited hours, as well as what are termed 'peer vaccinators' in hospitals."

Ms Shortall stated the HSE must be given approval to open recruitment for vaccinators for suitably certified employees.

She stated it could be "unforgivable" to search out ourselves in a place with adequate portions of vaccine doses however not sufficient employees to manage them.

based mostly on web site supplies www.rte.ie

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