Irish Pharmacy Union Secretary General Darragh O’Loughlin (left) with Tanaiste Leo Varadkar
A total of 38 vaccination centres – possibly operating 24 hours – will be opened to vax the entire country…
Pharmacists have been sidelined from the national vaccination programme, with 2,000 fully-trained vaccinators “ready to go”, according to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU
Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne, he said the notion of running vaccination centres for 24 hours a day on the basis that people are so desperate they would turn up for one at 4am, instead of opening up pharmacies to vaccination, is difficult to understand.
Mr O’Loughlin said 1,200 pharmacists have expressed an interest in providing the service and 2,000 are fully-trained vaccinators that are “ready to go”, but have been sidelined by the Health Service Executive.
He said nobody has asked for all-night centres for vaccination, but people were asking pharmacists every day to vaccinate them.