Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Friday, 29 January 2021
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health
Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Update
Mr. David Walsh:
I do not have a figure for the percentage of GPs vaccinated, but they have been vaccinated through a number of channels, as have their practice nurses. I will try to draw that information together. There will be another sweep to pick up GPs and practice nurses who have not yet been vaccinated.
It is clearly critical as they become vaccinators for the third cohort.
Regarding chartered physiotherapists, it depends on the setting that they are working in and their level of exposure. They could be priority healthcare workers. We have engaged with a number of the professional bodies about their members, especially those in private practice who may feel excluded. If a chartered physiotherapist is working in an environment where he or she is exposed to Covid-19, he or she is the same as anyone else working in a hospital or other healthcare environment and needs to access the vaccine in line with peers with a similar risk of exposure. I am happy to clarify that.
I ask Dr. Jessop to talk about the vaccine-specific issues that were raised.