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MORE than 14 million Covid-19 vaccines will be administered in care homes

MORE than 14 million Covid-19 vaccines will be administered in care homes

MORE than 14 million Covid-19 vaccines will be administered in care homes

MORE than 14 million Covid-19 vaccines will be administered in care homes, hospitals, GP clinics, pharmacies and in regional vaccination centres under the Government's plan to stop the spread of coronavrius.

The State's Vaccination Task Force has recommended five key locations where people will be able to get the vaccine.

The Task Force's soon-to-be-published report says healthcare facilities will serve as the main centres for vaccinations and they will also provide mobile vaccine teams who will administer jabs in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Centralised, mass vaccination centres will also be used with a senior Government source suggesting the Citywest Hotel in Dublin is earmarked as a vaccine hub.

GP practices and pharmacies will be used in the later stages of the programme.

The Government is signed up to advanced purchase agreements for five different vaccines which will cost around €112m.

The entire programme will involve 14.4 million vaccines being administered.

Some of the vaccines will require double doses while others will involve one jab.

The Vaccine Task Force's report is being described as a "living document" and will be subject to change depending on various factors.

A senior Government source said the plan does not set targets for administering the vaccine, but added they expect life to be "relatively back to normal" by next summer - even if the entire population is not vaccinated.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly (pictured) will bring a memo to Cabinet this morning on the task force's report and the vaccine plan will be unveiled later today.

Meanwhile, the HSE is developing an "end-to-end comprehensive digital solution" to ensure people will experience the same process in getting their vaccine.

Computer software is being sourced which will be used to deal with registration, bookings, second bookings and monitoring of vaccines.

A communications strategy will be used to build trust.

Key

"We understand the legitimate concerns people may have and want to reassure all sectors of society in a plain-speaking way," a Government source said.

The allocation of staff to mobile hubs operating around the country will also be considered by ministers.

One of the key concerns will be rapid administering of the vaccine, with hospital nurses currently only giving inoculations on direction of a doctor.

There have been many previous calls for the clinical capabilities of nurses to be expanded.

Sources suggested no law change would be required, just a direction from the minister to the HSE.

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