The lack of information and systems being put in place by both the HSE and the Dept of Health in setting up the Covid 19 vaccination programme rollout is of grave concern to pharmacists, according to the President of the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), Loughrea based pharmacist Eoghan Hanly.
While the significant shortage of supply of the AstraZeneca vaccine, as promised to Ireland and other EU countries, will inevitably delay the rollout process, pharmacists here are baffled as to why they have been taken off the list of administrators of the vaccine to anyone aged over 70.
Last week the government agreed a deal that both GPs and pharmacists could administer the AstraZeneca vaccine, but then earlier this week, Minister Donnelly announced only GPs could vaccinate people over 70.
The announcement has upset pharmacists, particularly as no explanation was given for changing the agreed deal.
This lunchtime Eoghan spoke to Midwest News.