First day of vaccination programme expected to move to December 29

Tender contract for diagnostics and services from economic sector settled

After initial delivery of 10,000 dosages of the first vaccine against Covid-19 due on St. Stephens Day, the Health Service Executive (HSE) expects a further 31,000 doses to arrive within days.
The very first anticipated scheduled shipment is 9,750 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines in 10 boxes on December 26.
“The strategy is to immunize, a minimum of, some long term care locals on December 30 and 31, as part of our Day One and Day Two plan, and likewise some healthcare employees in acute healthcare facilities,” HSE Chief Executive, Paul Reid, informed the newest media rundown the other day afternoon (December 23).
Discussion was continuing with Pfizer around the shipment schedule for January and February.
The HSE draft schedule has actually prepared for the preliminary rollout to be followed by 2 three-week sweeps, beginning in January, across long-term care facilities for citizens and staff.
While still under discussion, 4 medical facilities– St. Jamess Hospital and Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, Cork University Hospital and Galway University Hospital– were expected to be the initial severe places for vaccination of healthcare staff. This was to continue and expand in subsequent weeks however would be based upon the readily available volume of vaccines.
Reid qualified that all projections and strategies were conditional up until they had complete agreement throughout the European Union (EU), and with Pfizer and BioNTech.
All discussions and figures had actually been geared to an anticipated scheduled shipment of simply over 40,000 dosages in the very first week, which was the target they were mobilising and talking about towards.
Consumables related to vaccination programme, such as syringes and needles, had actually been “picked and packed” and would be dispatched to the vaccination hubs from December 29.
A continuous process around training and communication schedules was “occurring over the coming days”.
Relying on the IT system being developed for the vaccination program; he stated IBM and Salesforce groups were working with all teams throughout the HSE to agree the final scope for the go-live system. “This is a procedure we are performing in 10 days; in regular times IT style and release would be closer to 4 to six months,” said Reid. The system was expected prior to completion of the year but he added that they had a contingency service, ought to they not fulfill the timelines they anticipated with IBM.
In relation to hospital break outs, the scenario nationally “had enhanced considerably”, the briefing spoken with Chief Operations Officer, Anne OConnor.
She identified four medical facilities currently experiencing greater varieties of personnel affected by an outbreak of Covid-19; St. Lukes Hospital in Kilkenny, 59 staff; Waterford University Hospital, eight staff; Tallaght University Hospital, 52 staff and a further 17 health care personnel at Naas Hospital in Kildare.
On personal health center capacity, Reid highlighted a variety of “strands” in location with the private medical facility sector.
He said the HSE currently had continuous engagement with the private medical facility sector, through the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF), where they might provide relief for public hospital services.
In addition, the HSE had actually settled a procurement tender agreement that was open for public medical facilities, or hospital groups, to draw down locally for diagnostics and for services, and this arrangement was up and running.
About 44 extensive care beds in the private sector were readily available to the general public health center services and, lastly, in regards to the “enormous surge” the country may be facing, discussions were still going on between Department of Health, HSE authorities, and private medical facility groups “with excellent basic agreement on what that would appear like”. Reid would expect, if the surge developed, that everybody would be supportive.
The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK revealed today (Thursday) that NHS vaccinations in England for Covid-19 amounted to over half a million in the very first 13 days, between the rollout of the program on December 8 to December 20.
Of the 521,594 very first dosage vaccinations offered over this time, over 70 percent, (366,715), had actually been offered to people aged 80 or over.

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