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
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.