This morning.

Department of Health, Dublin 2.

Professor Karina Butler, Chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, joined Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to brief media on the COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy. To wit:

The new rollout strategy means the order in which people will receive the vaccine has changed.

People aged 65 and older who live in long-term care facilities and frontline healthcare workers have already been vaccinated under the first two stages of the strategy announced on 8 December last year.

Under stage three, Ireland is currently vaccinating people aged 70 and older, starting with those aged 85 and older.

The new fourth stage of the roll-out, which comes into effect after all those over the age of 70 are vaccinated, will see vaccines going to people aged 16 and 69 who are considered at very high risk of developing severe Covid-19.

People with certain conditions moved up on vaccine rollout strategy (RTÉ)


After you.

No, after you.

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30 thoughts on “Take Up Arms

  1. Charger Salmons

    Germany’s biggest-selling newspaper has praised Britain’s vaccine success and Boris Johnson’s plans to lift the lockdown, with a front-page headline saying: ‘Dear Brits, we envy you!’.

    The article in Bild said the UK’s ‘successful’ vaccine programme had allowed the PM to promise a brighter future while Germany is ‘stuck in lockdown’ and Angela Merkel’s government is languishing behind in handing out vaccine doses.

    Achtung Marvellous Baby

    Never gets old …

      1. ce

        Doesn’t Italy have more people fully vaccinated than the UK? Seems to be various successes and failures in the EU, not an either or situation.

        The UK vaccine success is fantastic, and is great for Ireland in terms of level of immunity for this traveling from E,S,W, and NI … pity so many people had to die and a horrible new variant become widespread first… best not to talk about that I suppose

    1. Micko

      Both The Guardian and the BBC have listed obesity and general ill health of the British nation as a major contributing factor to the high death rate in the UK.

      Are they right? Sure who knows.

      1. Andrew

        Well it is an issue here in Ireland for sure. I really don’t think a big enough fuss was made of it. In fact it was an opportunity to get people to take their health choices seriously.

  2. Junkface

    The slow and bumbling vaccine rollout is not acceptable. This should be treated as the medical emergency it is! Get the vaccines out there, get life back to normal, every hour wasted is another death, another mental health breakdown, another SME going out of business . GO, GO, GO! No time for waffle, DO IT!

    Move like your p***ing bottom is on FIRE!

    1. Fergalito

      Agree – constantly adjusting the schedule, using language that is not definitive and lacking in ambition (‘confident that” or “optimistic that” etc.). Not good enough by a long chalk

      Brits knocking it out of the park, credit where it is due.

      1. Junkface

        Yep. I’ve no problem crediting Britain here. They moved fast. They will come out of lockdowns earlier. They will have less risk of new variants spreading too. Speed and message clarity is key.

        1. Nilbert

          I had that opinion for a while, but if it was every-man-for-himself (s with the Brits), rather than an EU wide approach, we’d be at the very back of the queue behind France, Germany, Italy etc…

          1. Charger Salmons

            How were Israel, Chile, Bahrain, Serbia, the UAE, USA and many other countries able to source and deliver far more vaccines without the might of the EU behind them.
            You’re swallowing the propaganda excuses.
            The EU has failed miserably.

          2. Pat

            The overcautious approach of the EU isn’t really a failure though. it’s just not as impressive as Boris’s gamble paying off. The real failure is the dithering and blathering and mismanagement of the Tories that resulted in the awful death toll so far in Britain. It’s a bloody good job Boris took a gamble and it paid off. It’s the one good thing he’s done so far – even if it was a bit of an ‘alehouse ball’!

          3. Otis Blue

            The EU sought to procure vaccines for all 27 member states at the same time and on the same terms, distributing these to each on a pro rata basis relative to population. They’re also paying less per dose and unlike the UK have not waived indemnity to the Pharma companies.

            It’s also the case that health is not a competence of the EU and the rollout locally is a matter for each member state and not the EU itself.

      1. Junkface

        Wasn’t it reported today that Denmark and Germany bought extra stock of vaccines recently from within the EU supply structure? I guess our Gov’t was busy talking at press conferences while these two countries saw an opportunity and moved fast.

        1. ce

          We’ve already punched way more than we actually need (close to 10 million I think), due to be delivered in full by next October… we’ll see about that… but the problem is still supply, supply, supply…

  3. Nilbert

    I had that opinion for a while, but if it was every-man-for-himself (s with the Brits), rather than an EU wide approach, we’d be at the very back of the queue behind France, Germany, Italy etc…

  4. Andrew

    Whatever about the UK’s vaccine success, the reality is they were prepared to take a calculated risk. It wasn’t even high risk but it did require a bit of leadership and we really do not have that in Ireland. We are constantly looking to Europe.
    The unwillingness to take strong action on letting people in to the country is extraordinary. All you hear govt saying is that air traffic is down 95%. That is absolutely irrelevant. there are still several thousand arriving per week and only 1 person can infest hundreds!
    There is something quite odd about this reluctance to act.
    We are shockingly bereft of anyone prepared to show a bit of leadership

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