Midwest News contacted the Saolta Hospital group today, to ask if any family members of staff at Mayo University Hospital, received a Covid 19 vaccine - in light of the news that emerged earlier that the Coombe Hospital in Dublin vaccinated 16 family members of staff.
They got the injection earlier this month as there was an over- supply.
The Dublin Hospital has apologised and said the vaccines would have been thrown out otherwise.
In response to our query regarding vaccinations at Mayo University Hospital, the hospital points out that the vaccination of staff got underway on 6th January, and in the first instance, the vaccine was offered to staff directly providing care for confirmed and suspected Covid-19 cases - this included support staff, porters ad health & social care professionals as well as clerical staff working in these areas.
Last week, the vaccination programme was extended to include staff from the Community Healthcare West, and at the end of last week, the hospital had administered over 860 vaccines.
The statement continues that the hospital "is not aware of, and has no record of any vaccinations administered to hospital staff other than to the priority list above".