Denis Naughten has asked An Taoiseach to intervene to ensure that housebound older people are told when they can expect to receive the Covid-19 vaccine through the National Ambulance Service.
“On 11th March the National Ambulance Service started the Covid vaccination of housebound patients around the Dublin area. A week later the HSE informed us that 300 of the estimated 1,500 people nationally that are housebound had been vaccinated,” stated Denis Naughten.
“We are now starting into the third week of the vaccination programme for housebound older people and I cannot find out when housebound people in the West of Ireland will be vaccinated. Health management locally don’t know, and the patients’ GPs don’t have any idea either.
“Not only are housebound older people a high-risk cohort but in many instances, they have a rota of carers going into their home, which exposes them to even greater risk.”
As a result of raising this issue in the Dáil, the Taoiseach gave Deputy Naughten a commitment that he would ask the HSE to provide these vulnerable people with an indication as to when they can expect to be vaccinated.
“This is the very least that we should expect with regard to this rollout,” added Denis Naughten.
“While I fully understand the vaccination programme is dependent on the delivery of vaccine into the country, that is no reason why the public should be denied access to information on the actual roll-out of the vaccination programme,” concluded Denis Naughten.