Implementation plan for rollout of Covid-19 vaccination goes to Government today

Inundated with offers of help from GPs, nurses and pharmacists on vaccination program

An implementation strategy for the rollout of a nationwide Covid-19 vaccination program is due to go to the Taoiseach, Micheál Martin and Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly today (December 11).
This is anticipated to go to Cabinet by next Tuesday at the most recent (December 15).
The strategy follows the prioritisation allowance method issued earlier this week, concurred by Government, positioning frontline health care staff as 2nd on the prioritisation listing, and fourth for those who are not in direct patient contact.
It was also confirmed that all healthcare personnel are to be offered vaccination no matter whether they have actually had and recovered from Covid-19.
As part of the workstream for the execution of the vaccination programme, Chief Executive of the Health Service Executive (HSE), Paul Reid, specified that there would be discussions with the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) and the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) in regards to the function of basic specialists. “I do see them contributing in the vaccination process,” he included. Pharmacists would be consisted of because work hair.
” We have been swamped with deals of assistance from GPs, nurses, pharmacists and the IMO, INMO, everybody wishes to be part of this. While that would be chosen in a very short time, individuals with whom we work through vaccination programs desire to part of this,” the HSEs Chief Clinical Officer, Dr Colm Henry informed the briefing.
Conversations have actually been continuous with IT suppliers and the Data Protection Commissioner on the end-to-end system to be implemented for the vaccination programme.
At the briefing, Dr Henry also offered an update on the public health doctors strike strategies.
He stated they were to satisfy with representatives of the IMO this week and were working on contingency strategies that the HSE desired to see in place to make sure there was “some type of safe service present for those days.”
No lab-confirmed cases of influenza had taken place so far this year, the most recent HSE briefing heard.

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