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Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: I thank the Deputy for the question. My understanding is that this came from research out of the UK where they were looking at the reinfection rates of healthcare workers who had it. It was suggesting that a large amount of protection was afforded if one had had it and the suggestion was being made in the UK that that might be something that can be examined. I have discussed it with the...

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Michael McNamara: I thank the Minister.

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Marian Harkin: First, I sincerely thank everybody who is involved in the vaccination process from start to finish. We have a long way to go but we have made a start. A few days ago I listened to a report on the TV about a care home where the process of vaccination had started. Everybody was delighted and happy. That is the way it should be but, unfortunately, it is not always the case. An example of...

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

John Lahart: That concludes the speakers on questions. Before I call the Ministers of State, Deputies Butler and Feighan, to respond, the Minister, Deputy Donnelly, wanted an opportunity to speak. There is some spare time if he wants to do so now.

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: No. I am happy to cede that time to the two Ministers of State.

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Mary Butler: I thank Deputies for sharing their views and observations on what is a key component of our strategy for transitioning out of the current pandemic. As I am sure Deputies will agree, the scale of the current vaccination programme is unprecedented. I again acknowledge with thanks the efforts of all those who have brought us to this juncture. Without the efforts of healthcare workers we would...

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Kieran O'Donnell: The big issue with the vaccine now is supply. Will the Minister indicate the level of supply coming into Ireland over the next month, by week and company?

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: I am happy to provide the Deputy with a note on that but it is changing, sometimes daily. For example, in recent days we got about 24 hours notice that this week's delivery of the Pfizer vaccine, instead of being about 40,000 would be 20,000. As we are getting a sixth dose, we are getting an agreed amount of vials that give 40,000 doses, but we are getting a lot more out of them. That is...

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Kieran O'Donnell: For the public, is the Minister saying that we are getting 40,000 of Pfizer, there will be 40,000 next week and 40,000 thereafter? If approved, what type of level will the first order be from AstraZeneca?

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: These details are being worked out right now, not only in Ireland but with the company through the Commission with every member state. I can give the broad figures for the end of March, because the day-to-day and week-to-week figures move an awful lot. The plan is that we will have approximately 1.4 million doses in the country, about 600,000 would be AstraZeneca and the majority of the...

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Kieran O'Donnell: UHL is in my area of the mid-west. It has only received 3,400 vaccines to date. The South/South-West Hospital Group appears to have to administer over 19,000. When the next roll out comes, the mid-west share must balance that. Dentists are front-line workers. Dentists have been calling me and they are petrified about Covid. They deal with patients everyday and they do not know...

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: The roll out to individual hospital groups, as I am sure the Deputy will acknowledge, is an operational matter. There is no political involvement whatsoever in how many doses go to different parts of the country. They are operational decisions. I asked the HSE the exact question posed by the Deputy and was told that to begin with, the HSE contacted the hospital groups and asked how ready...

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Richard O'Donoghue: The Minister has just said that the hospitals were contacted to see how many vaccines they could take. Deputy O'Donnell has spoken of the 3,400 vaccines that came to Limerick. The Minister is saying that it is a management problem in some of the hospitals that they could not deal with the amount of vaccines. I give all the praise in the world to the front-line staff, from doctors,...

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Michael Collins: I am thankful the Minister is here because it is a very important issue for every constituent. The public has so many genuine questions about vaccines. When will people with cystic fibrosis get it? When will those over 70 and home carers get it? The home help service in west Cork, and everywhere, is at the front line like no other. There are approximately 1,000 elderly and vulnerable...

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: I wholeheartedly agree on the value that home helps in west Cork and around the country provide every day. I am happy to confirm that the clinical decision is that the formal carers sector, which includes the people the Deputy mentions, are included in cohort 2. That is very important. On when exactly those in different groups in different counties or parts of counties will receive the...

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Michael Collins: I would appreciate it if the Minister could furnish me with that information. I want to commend the community hospitals in west Cork that had doses of the vaccine leftover but called in a number of home helps to use them up. It was a great idea and the right way to use up the few vaccines that were available. The intimate care home helps have to provide, which in many cases includes...

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

John Lahart: I call Deputy Seán Canney for questions and answers or statements.

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Seán Canney: I have a short statement and a few questions. I do not want to repeat what others have said. I thank the Minister for fielding all the questions this morning. From my constituency point of view, what is missing is the fact we do not have a clear programme. We have a plan but we should have a programme. A programme would include where we are getting our supplies from, when we expect them,...

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

John Lahart: I call Deputy Dara Calleary, who is sharing time with Deputy Kieran O'Donnell. The Deputy can make a statement or have questions and answers.

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Dara Calleary: Thank you. I cannot speak on Covid without acknowledging that it has been an incredibly difficult few weeks for our country, but particularly for my county of Mayo. I want to put on record my thanks to the staff of Mayo University Hospital for their extraordinary efforts, which are ongoing, and to the GPs and ambulance drivers across the county, who have been faced with huge challenges. My...

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