According to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, up to 20,000 people are to be vaccinated per week from early January stating that Ireland will not be left behind following criticism in relation to the speed of the roll-out of the immunisation programme.
This follows several EU countries beginning the roll-outs of their programmes over the weekend.
Co-leader of the Social Democrats Róisín Shorthall stated, “there were logistical issues with registration and consent, both of which should have been sorted out by now.”
The main focus of the programme is the issue of consent as there are concerns over potential litigation arising from the vaccination programme after legal action was taken over the Pandemrix vaccination for swine flu.
Consent is a big issue for nursing homes residents as some may have impaired cognitive function or communication difficulties.