Covid-19 vaccines

  • Thousands of people between the ages of 18 and 64 could be moved up the country's vaccination priority list, under a new plan being worked on by government.

    A memo will be brought to Cabinet on Tuesday by the Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, after he received new advice on the issue from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee.

    It's understood certain diseases, where there's clinical advice and evidence of higher risk of severe illness may be moved up.

    Meanwhile, Preparations are under way for the ramping up of the vaccination roll-out with 100,000 doses due to be given next week, which is up 20,000 on the number of people inoculated in the past week.

  • From today people aged 58 years are being invited by the HSE to register for a Covid-19 vaccination.

    Meanwhile, the Department of Health is still considering a revised national vaccination plan submitted by the HSE.

    The issue was raised briefly at Cabinet yesterday but it's understood no decision has yet been taken on the proposals.

    The new recommendations from the HSE on how to proceed with the national vaccination programme were submitted to the Department of Health on Monday evening.

    The plan advises that vaccinations continue to be age-based, with older people vaccinated before younger people.

    Elsewhere, Ireland has agreed to order around 10 million extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine for 2022 and 2023.

    The extra vaccines are expected to be used as booster shots through those years.

  • People aged 64 will be able to register for a Covid-19 vaccine from tomorrow.

    The HSE says the portal will open from tomorrow for those aged 60-64, and are asking 64 year olds to register first, and those aged from 63 to 60 to register in the coming days.

    Those registering can do so online on the HSE website, or by calling their helpline number  1850 24 1850.

    Those registering need a mobile phone number, email address, PPS number and Eircode.

     

     

  • People in Mayo aged between 65 and 69 who have registered for a Covid-19 vaccine can expect to get their first jab within the next week.

    That's according to Paul Hooton, clinical lead for the vaccination roll-out programme in Mayo.

    Nationally, it's estimated that around 45,000 people in this age group had not registered on the HSE portal by yesterday evening, prompting concerns that some may not want the AstraZeneca vaccine.

    Paul Hooton told Midwest News this afternoon the some people in this age group may have already been vaccinated as part of other cohorts, and he's described the take-up as very good.

    He says 1,455 people in Mayo between 65 and 69 have now registered, as of today, and will be called for an appointment at the Breaffy Vaccination Centre in Castlebar before the end of this week.....

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    The Government insists its target of offering a first dose to 80 percent of adults by the end of June remains on track, despite recent issues with Johnson and Johnson and AstraZeneca.

    It comes following news yesterday that  Ireland will receive an extra 545,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, with delivery to begin this month.

    People aged 69 will be able to register for a Covid-19 vaccine from today.

    A new portal goes live from 10am, with appointments bookable both online and by phone.

    It will initially be available to those aged 69, before opening to those aged 65-68 over the coming days.

    A PPS number, eircode and phone number will be needed and it is also possible to register over the phone.

     

  • A 21-year-old transplant patient from Knock says he can't understand why his community has been placed seventh in the HSE vaccine priority list.

    Matthew McNeive has had 25 operations since birth including a Kidney transplant in 2010.

    He has to attend hospital three days a week for dialysis.

    He is a third year student at the Technological University Dublin studying Clinical Measurement Science, and was due to start placement in Beaumont Hospital last October.

    However, the HSE deemed Matthew too high risk due to Covid-19 so his placement has been deferred.

    The frustrating point for Matthew is that some students on his course who began their placements have already had their vaccines.

    The Knock native says Dialysis patients are regarded as being extremely high risk in terms of Covid-19 and to put them way down the list seems contradictory.

  • Britain has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for use and said that it will be rolled out from early next week.Priority groups will be first to receive the vaccine - including care home residents, health and care staff, the elderly and the clinically-vulnerable.

    Here, it's reported this morning that the State will pick up the liability for any claims resulting from COVID-19 vaccinations.

    The companies producing the vaccine have been indemnified under the advanced purchase contracts signed with the European Commission.

    The State Claims Agency will have responsibility for any claims and it's expected to be discussed by the expert group responsible for the roll-out of a vaccine.

    The Department of Health has stressed that no vaccine will be rolled out in Ireland without European Medicines Agency authorisation and there will be ongoing monitoring of its success.

    Meanwhile, the Taoiseach has rejected the idea that Ireland should appoint a minister with sole responsibility for rolling out the Covid-19 vaccine.

  • Cabinet Ministers will discuss the latest setbacks for the vaccination programme when they meet this morning.

    The Taoiseach is to be briefed by the HSE and the vaccines taskforce as work continues on redrawing the roll-out plan, following  a pause in the delivery of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and the decision not to give the AstraZeneca to people under 60.

    It comes as the HSE confirmed the majority of AstraZeneka clinics have been cancelled for the rest of this week.

  • The Government needs to immediately outline their contingency plan for rolling out Covid-19 vaccines to the over-70's.

    That's according to Galway East TD Séan Canney, a member of the Regional Group of TDs who say clear and concise information in now needed to reduce any further anxiety.

    It follows the HSE's advice last night that people over the age of 70 should be given the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, rather than the AstraZeneca,due to lack of evidence about how well the AstraZeneca protects older people.

    However, there are issues over the storage and transportation of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and Deputy Séan Canney says that, while GPs will be administering the Pfizer vaccine, we need to know how and when this will commence.

    He's calling for urgent clarification on the matter from the Government & Minister for Health.

  • Covid-19 vaccination centres at the Breaffy House resort in Castlebar and at the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon are open from today.

    Mayo FG Deputy Alan Dillon has confirmed that the vaccination centre opened at 10am this morning in Breaffy for people aged over 75 and younger people at very high risk of the virus.

    Operations were trialled at the Castlebar centre yesterday, in preparation for opening this morning.

    The vaccination centre at the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon town also began delivering Covid vaccines today.

    There are 10 bays in the centre to cater for people coming in by appointment.

    Roscommon Independent TD Denis Naughten says it's good news for the people of Co Roscommon, and he also wants those in east Galway and parts of Mayo to be allowed avail of the centre at the Abbey Hotel, if it's nearer to their home than the facility within their own county....

     

  • A public information campaign has been launched on the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine to over 70s.

    The HSE says it will include ads across TV, radio, newspapers and social media.

    Over 85s will be the first age group invited to get the vaccine when doses of the AstraZeneca jab arrive next month.

    Professor of Health Systems at DCU, Anthony Staines, doesn't believe the government's target of vaccinating everyone by September can be met.

     

  • As a number of GPs across the region do not yet have certainty on the delivery of vaccines ahead of the weekend, Mayo TD Dara Calleary says he's been "pulling his hair out" trying to get information from the HSE on the rollout.

     Deputy Calleary was one of a number of Fianna Fáil TDs who criticised the pace of the vaccine roll-out, particularly for those aged over 85.

    Speaking at the FF Parliamentary party meeting last night, he said he had little faith in the HSE to deliver - given some experiences.

    It comes as the health service failed to hit the Government's target of administering 100,000 doses last week, with supply issues blamed.

    However, the HSE maintains the majority of over 85's will receive their first vaccination by the end of this week.

  • Every person who wants a Covid-19 vaccine could be offered one by the end of June, according to the Tanaiste.

    Leo Varadkar told the FG parliamentary party last night it's possible, based on international evidence that 10 to 15 percent refuse the jab.

    However he said the official target is still to offer 82 percent a first dose by the end of next month.

  • The HSE has accepted the delivery of Ireland's first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines, which are now in cold storage.

    The first of those jabs is due to be administered in four days time.

    Taoiseach has said he anticipates three different vaccines being available in January.

    Micheal Martin believes vaccine manufacturing will speed up in the New Year.

  • The first Covid-19 vaccine in Ireland will be administered today.

    It's expected that will happen in one of four major hospitals,  Galway and Cork University Hospitals,  Beaumont  and St James' hospital in Dublin.

    Only the Netherlands is due to start it's vaccination programme after Ireland, some EU states began the process as soon as the doses arrived on Saturday.

    Taoiseach Micheal Martin says the most vulnerable to Coronavirus will be receiving them first:

    The confirmed cases of Covid 19 are on the rise nationally, with  765 of the virus reported to the Dept of Health yesterday

    There were 9 cases of the virus detected in Mayo, 10 in Roscommon and 18 in Galway.

  • A clinical nurse manager today became the first staff member at Mayo University Hospital to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

    Mary Neary, a clinical nurse manager on C Ward, received the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine from her nursing colleague Padraig O'Lúanaigh, beginning the rollout of the vaccination campaign at the Castlebar hospital.

    The Saolta Hospital Group says the vaccination programme will be extended across the hospital and community services in the coming weeks, and over 500 staff at Mayo University Hospital will be vaccinated before the end of this week.

     

  • The Health Minister has said his plan is for everyone to be offered a COVID vaccine by September.

    Minister Stephen Donnelly told the Dáil this morning that Ireland is due to get 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the first quarter of the year.

    EU leaders will meet by video conference later to discuss a target of vaccinating 70 per cent of people by the summer.

    Minister Donnelly says they're looking to get access to more doses of vaccine as soon as possible.

     

    Carers who work in the formal sector will be included in the second cohort of people to get the vaccine.

    Those employed by the HSE or private caring companies will be given priority access to vaccination, according to Minister Stephen Donnelly.

    Dentists will also be included in the second cohort of people to get the vaccine as healthcare workers.

     

     

     

     

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    The Government has defended changes to the vaccine roll-out that have been strongly criticised by sectors which believe they should be given priority.

    The new model will see people vaccinated based on age after the over-70s, medically vulnerable and those with underlying conditions have been taken care of.

    Following the first 8 groups of elderly, healthcare workers and medically vulnerable, the next cohort to be vaccinated will be those aged between 55 and 64, then 45 to 54 and so on.

    It means groups like Gardaí, teachers and family carers who had been pushing for early vaccination won't get it.

    But Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says they're following scientific advice:

  • The Taoiseach says half of the adult population will have their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by next week.

    It comes as 99 patients are currently in hospital with the virus - the lowest figure reported by the Department of Health since September 24th.

    It has fallen by 46 per cent in the past month, and by 22 per cent in the space of 48 hours.

  • Ireland is in line to get an extra 46,500 Pfizer vaccines this month.

    It comes after the European Commission secured an extra 4 million doses of the vaccine.

    Meanwhile the Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said the issue with vaccines is one of timing, rather than supply.

    Minister Donnelly played down reports of serious shortfalls in the number of vaccines expected in the first quarter of this year, and said Ireland has more than enough vaccines ordered for everyone in the country.....