Top from left: Paul Reid, CEO, HSE; Anne O’Connor, Chief Operations Officer, HSE; Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE; Dr Abigail Collins, Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Public Health Schools’ Lead, HSE at Dr Steevens’ Hospital this aftrnoon

This afternoon.

Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin

Weekly HSE operational update on the response to Covid-19.

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that two AstraZeneca deliveries – 64,000 last week and 12,000 this week – have been impacted by delays.

He said the HSE did get some deliveries but they did not meet that volume.

“After next week it should start to balance itself out,” Mr Reid said.

He added that over the course of three weeks, there’s a delivery of about 115,000 doses and they may be 2,000-3,000 short of that commitment.

He said it had a delivery of 36,000 on 2 March, is due 57,600 on 9 March, and 21,600 on 12 March.


Speaking in the Dáil, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said he has asked the High-Level Taskforce on Covid-19 Vaccination to examine the possibility of seeking extra vaccine supplies outside of the EU arrangement.

He said this would be done in parallel with the EU process, if it happens at all.


The Department of Health has said that Ireland is currently above the EU average, with around 3% of the population fully vaccinated, and 6% of the population having received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose. The department has said that 8.8 doses per 100 people have been administered so far.

‘Significant issues’ with vaccination delivery this week – HSE (RTÉ)


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18 thoughts on “Jab Shy

  1. Charger Salmons

    Slaphead finally wakes up to the possibility of doing what other EU countries have been doing for weeks and months in Germany’s case.
    Coco the Conehead.

    1. Shayna

      Kinda don’t believe that I’m in agreement. The North is way ahead in vaccinations, pretty much anyone I know above 70 has had their jabs, notwithstanding keyworkers, etc. It’s a bit of a shambles, really.

      1. Charger Salmons

        I’ve been calling out the dreadful vaccine planning of this government and the EU since the turn of the year and enduring endless personal abuse on here because of it.
        Welcome to the party.
        What is the point of being loyal to the EU when Germany, the country that insisted the EU have sole responsibility for vaccine procurement and demanded every country sign up to it, then went ahead and bought 30 million doses in their own side deal.
        And Slaphead only now thinks it might be useful to have a nosey around the empty vaccine supermarket shelves in case a few have slipped through the cracks onto the floor.
        The man is a fool.

        1. Rugbyfan

          Very trumpian in how you name people. ‘Slap head’ etc. Did your parents not love you either?

  2. johnny

    free in NY-one mega site at yankee stadium and all the corner drug stores (boots)

    -Who can get vaccinated now?

    New York residents age 65-plus, first responders and frontline essential workers, including hotel and restaurant workers and taxi drivers (Phase 1B)
    Residents and staff of nursing homes, long-term care and skilled nursing facilities, and high-risk health care workers –

    and obv anyone with money.

  3. GiggidyGoo

    Three different takes from the same health ‘professionals’. Larry, Mo and Curley.

    1. Shayna

      I’m guessing someone has been watching a lotta U.S tv in lock-down – it’s Maths. (Also, a lotta? – that was me) Mea Culpa!

  4. Just Sayin

    Several countries are rejecting the AstraZeneca vaccine for safety reasons (Switzerland, Germany, Italy), perhaps we could get their rejects cheap.

    Though knowing our government they will pay a premium and be grateful for it.

    Also the pfizer vaccine seems to be killing more people in Israel than covid.

    Hopefully both vaccines can kill a younger age profile than covid itself, this will help the government with savings in pension payments.

    Current covid deaths save practically nothing. (though lockdown suicides and missed cancer diagnoses will help)

    1. Commenter #1

      It’s cool that the primary source for that article is a post on a forum.


    1. Commenter #1

      From your UK link:

      The number and nature of suspected adverse reactions reported so far are not unusual in comparison to other types of routinely used vaccines

      The overall safety experience with both vaccines is so far as expected from the clinical trials

      Based on current experience, the expected benefits of both COVID-19 vaccines in preventing COVID-19 and its serious complications far outweigh any known side effects

      Thank you for linking to this reassuring info!

      1. Just Sayin

        I tend to look at the numbers rather than the PR spin that they put on them.

        You will note that although they say “not unsual in comparison” they don’t actually include any figures for comparison.

        1. Commenter #1

          Scroll down a little Just Sayin!

          “The MHRA has received 212 UK reports of suspected ADRs to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in which the patient died shortly after vaccination, 244 reports for the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine and 4 where the brand of vaccine was unspecified.”

          “At this date, an estimated 9.4 million first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and 8.4 million doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine had been administered, and around 0.6 million second doses, mostly the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, had been administered.”

          460 cases in which patients died shortly after vaccination, out of 18.4 million doses. So after 0.0025% of the doses administered, the patient died shortly afterwards.

          Once again, many thanks for this reassuring data.

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