Dáil, Leinster House.
During leader’s questions, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (above) said:
“On Monday, Minister Harris announced the decision to make the flu vaccine available free of charge to all children aged between 2 and 12 this year. And to all of those defined as at risk, aged between 6 months and 69 years.
And, as we know, everyone over 70 already has access to the vaccine without charges. I believe we can save hundreds of lives this winter and every winter by a much greater uptake of the flu vaccine.
This matters now more than ever as we need to avoid a second wave of Covid-19 coming at the same time as the flu’ season.
It’s particularly important that uptake by healthcare workers is much better than in the past. This pandemic teaches us there is no excuse not to be vaccinated. We’ve experienced a small taste of what the world was like before vaccines and it hasn’t been good.”