People with health problems may find their wait for vaccination diminished, as a potential plan to move it higher on the priority list is considered by ministers.
It appears that the government is working on a plan to reassess the status of people with underlying health problems in the vaccination program this week.
Taoiseach said it would be “fair and reasonable” to raise people with underlying conditions higher on the vaccine priority list.
In an interview with TheJournal.ie Yesterday, Taoiseach Michéal Martin said the government wants to see if the group can move up the list.
“I think it’s fair and reasonable,” he said.
Martin said the government wants to deliver the vaccine to this group “as soon as we can” that could reduce the severity of the disease and prevent the deaths of vulnerable people.
The National Immunization Advisory Committee, which advises the chief medical officer on vaccine prioritization, detailed that the main conditions associated with the increased risk of hospitalization with Covid-19 are chronic respiratory disease, chronic heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. , chronic neurological disease, obesity and chronic kidney disease.
A decision to change the government’s priority list will be subject to approval by the Council of Ministers.
“It has been an extremely anxious time and people were understandably extremely worried about the lack of priority given to them in vaccination practice,” said David Cullinane, health spokesperson for Sinn Féin.
“Tens of thousands of people with serious underlying health problems such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease were unable to leave their homes effectively last year, as they were protecting themselves from this virus,” said Cullinane.
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The first two priority groups on the list – frontline healthcare workers and those living in long-term care facilities – are almost completely vaccinated
Vaccines for people aged 85 and over started on Monday, and today around 1,000 people were vaccinated by GPs at The Helix theater in Dublin.
“What we see here is the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Health Minister Stephen Donnelly.
“It’s a great day when we move towards April and beyond, and we’ll see more of it. We look at over a million doses of vaccines coming into the country every month,” he said.