In the event of facilitating a booster campaign, the HSE hopes that it will retain its vaccination centre set up until at least the end of this year.
The announcement was made by HSE chief Paul Reid, with the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) considering the possibility of a booster vaccine being used in the autumn to provide additional immunity.
Reid stated that the most likely scenario will be administering a booster to those with underlying health conditions as well as “prioritised groups” such as the elderly and healthcare workers.
Reid stated, “Nobody knows what will emerge, firstly, in terms of boosters for vaccinating the population. Secondly, with variants, which we all hope never come along but may come along.”
There are currently 5,000 staff employed to work in over 40 vaccination centres throughout the country, delivering more than 6.5 million vaccine doses to date.
The World Health Organisation has expressed criticism towards plans to administer booster shots while stating that the supplies should go to developing countries instead.