The HSE's plan to pause vaccinations for healthcare workers is a cause for major concern.

That's according to Kevin Figgis of SIPTU, who says this planned pause until early February could not come at worse time for health workers.

He has highlighted the heightened anxiety and frustration felt by their members about alleged deviations from the HSE sequencing programme.

20,000 healthcare workers contracted the virus since the start of the pandemic, with 6,834 infected over the last two weeks, an increase of over 50% in infection rates since Christmas.

Kevin Figgis is the Health Divisional Organiser at SIPTU and he told Midwest News the Government must rapidly increase the supply of vaccinations coming into the country to protect frontline workers.

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