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Ms Burke said they were calling on businesses to be flexible and to allow their staff to attend their appointments even though this might be “inconvenient” in some cases

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Employers have been urged to “be flexible” and allow their staff to attend Covid-19 vaccination appointments

Employers have been urged to “be flexible” and allow their staff to attend Covid-19 vaccination appointments

Employers have been urged to “be flexible” and allow their staff to attend Covid-19 vaccination appointments

Employers have been urged to “be flexible” and allow their staff to attend Covid-19 vaccination appointments to avoid unnecessary delays to the rollout. 

The call comes from the Dublin Chamber as the vaccination programme gathers pace.

With the Covid-19 vaccine portal for 45 to 49-year-olds set to open from tomorrow, the chamber’s CEO Mary Rose Burke, who is a qualified pharmacist, said it will begin to impact on businesses.

“As the national rollout of the vaccine programme starts to call forward the majority of the working population for vaccination, it will begin to impact businesses in a way in which it hasn’t previously,” Ms Burke said.

“We want employers to be clear and consistent with their staff from the start, that they can attend their allocated appointment, that they don’t have to reschedule. Rescheduling will cause unnecessary delays to the vaccine rollout.”

Ms Burke said they were calling on businesses to be flexible and to allow their staff to attend their appointments even though this might be “inconvenient” in some cases.

“But it’s important that businesses, that employers play their part in reducing vaccine hesitancy, removing a potential barrier and helping to ensure the success and efficiency of the national vaccine rollout,” she said.

“Of course there is also a significant business benefit, as more and more people are vaccinated, more sectors of the economy can reopen, such as retail and hospitality, and we hope that a return to the office is in the not too distant future.”

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said that, initially, mRNA vaccines, such as Pfizer and Moderna, will be available for the 45 to 49 age group.

Last week was a record week, with about 50,000 vaccinations administered in one day, the minister said, adding that two in five adults have now received a first dose.

Speaking earlier today, the HSE's Chief Clinical Officer said they had received advice from National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) that people aged 40 to 49 could receive Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines.

Dr Colm Henry said the HSE will see if this advice, and conditions attached to it, can be reconciled to the vaccination programme, which is ramping up in scale and gathering pace.

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Dr Henry said the priority is safety, but "getting through the age groups is clearly a priority as well".

He told RTÉ's Morning Ireland that medical experts are agreed that the best vaccine you can get, is the one you are offered first.

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