As the pandemic continues to rumble on slowly it is becoming more and more apparent that the way out of it all is through the vaccine. In Ireland the government has faced criticism for their slow rollout. A lack of supply has been blamed but we are behind lots of other European countries.
People are currently getting vaccinated against COVID-19 though. At the moment the main focus is to give the vaccine to those aged 65 years and older who live in long-term care facilities, frontline healthcare workers and those aged 85 and older living in the community first. The total of vaccines given so far are 446,474 they are now vaccinating at hospitals and community services sites around the country,and at special clinics for GPs and their practice staff.
There are 3 COVID-19 vaccines licensed for use in Ireland; they are Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, Moderna vaccine and AstraZeneca vaccine. It is not mandatory but it is recommended you get your vaccine when it is offered to you, the vaccination will be offered to the next group soon as possible. That group is people aged 16 to 69 who are at very high risk of COVID-19.
Chloe Behan – TY Press