Thursday, 27 May 2021
Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-out: Statements
I will start on a positive note. We fought hard to get two vaccination centres in west Cork. There is one in the GAA grounds in Clonakilty and one in Bantry. The staff, volunteers and everybody involved are doing an incredible job. They have ramped up the vaccinations to five days a week in both Clonakilty and Bantry and they are now down to the cohort below the age group in their 50s, which is brilliant. I commend all the staff, the Department and the HSE on getting those centres up and running as effectively as they are.
My first question follows up on Deputy Carey's question on the Sinopharm vaccine. It has been recommended by the WHO as a safe vaccine. I understand the EU has also taken steps to approve its efficacy. A lot of people in the United Arab Emirates and Dubai who have been administered the Sinopharm vaccine are looking to come home but cannot because it is not on our approved list. I ask the Minister to come back to me quickly on that.