Annie Lynch was the first person to receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Ireland on December 29, 2020
Annie receives her second shot this morning
Why does she get two?
Donnelly says ‘about 1.9%’ of population vaccinated (RTÉ)
In a statement, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said he was made aware last night of a situation with regard to the administration of vaccines on Friday at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital.
“Trust in the vaccine programme is of critical importance and what happened should not have happened,” the statement added.
“Our vaccine allocation strategy clearly sets out a priority list for vaccination – and that’s currently for frontline healthcare workers and residents and staff of our long term residential care facilities.
“It does not include family members of healthcare workers.
“I will be speaking with the Chair of the Coombe Hospital Board for a full account,” the statement said.
‘Full account’ sought after family members of Coombe staff given vaccine (RTE)
Phoenix Park, Dublin.
The Moderna vaccine being administered at the HSE National Ambulance Service HQ in conjunction with HSE Public Health.
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No, after you.
Please, I insist.
NO, I insist.
Via Minister of State for Public Procurement and eGovernment Ossian Smyth
Paul Reid, CEO, HSE at Dr Steevens’ Hospital for the weekly HSE operational update on the response to Covid-19 this afternoon
At the HSE weekly briefing at Dr Steeven’s Hospital Dublin…
The HSE’s chief executive Paul Reid said 69,378 of them were received by frontline healthcare workers and 7,925 were received by people in long term care facilities.
He said said Ireland has received 152,100 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to date, along with 3,600 doses of the Moderna vaccine.
He confirmed that there are 1,792 people with Covid-19 being treated in hospital.
Paul Reid said that equated to over 100% more than at the first peak.
Watch: Weekly HSE briefing on Covid-19 (RTE)
Army medics are being prepped to join the ‘national jabs emergency team’
An ally in the war against rogue microbes.
Turning bayonets into syringes.
Grenades into gurnies.
Killing machines into life savers.
You get the picture.
Via The Irish Mirror
The army is currently having its medics trained-in to become part of the healthcare team that delivers the jabs.
Negotiations are at an “advanced” stage for existing testing centres, such as Croke Park, Punchestown racecourse and the Aviva Stadium to become mass vaccination centres.
They are already on standby for any logistical emergencies that arise, but negotiations have taken place between the HSE and the Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Mark Mellett, for the army to play a more active role….
Army being prepped to help vaccinate the public in mass rollout plan (Irish Mirror)
Ireland is in line to receive an additional 3.3 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine after the European Union extended its contract with the pharmaceutical companies.
This morning European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the deal was extended with a view to the European Union purchasing an extra 300 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Ms von der Leyen said delivery of the extra doses would start in the second quarter of this year…
Ireland to receive additional 3.3m Covid-19 vaccine doses under EU deal (RTÉ)
RTÉ Radio One’s News at One.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly
No, I Insist.
Daily Covid-19 case rate heading for 6,000, says HSE chief (RTÉ)
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