No one appears to be in charge of the Covid 19 Vaccination priority list compiled by the government and the HSE. That’s the view of Independent Castlebar councillor Michael Kilcoyne.
The councillor who is a member of the HSE Forum, is calling on the Taoiseach to take the matter in hand, as he says it is causing huge anxiety for frontline workers and many elderly and vulnerable people in the community.
Councillor Kilcoyne says that on Friday last staff at a GP surgery in Mayo were told to be in Boyle to secure their vaccinations, however, on arrival, the group who had all travelled in separate cars were told there was only one vaccine available, so everyone else to come back the next day, Saturday. They went back on Saturday to be told there were no vaccines available and returned yesterday Sunday, and eventually got the jabs.
This he says is completely unacceptable and appears to be "organised chaos".
On Friday last cllr Kilcoyne says he secured the HSE Guide to Covid 19 Vaccinations Priority Lists, according to that list the first group that should have secured the vaccine are residents of long term care facilities, to include staff and residents on site. This he claims has not yet been achieved
The next priority group according to the list, is Frontline Healthcare Workers, but again he says he has spoken to many frontline staff that have not yet been vaccinated.
People aged 70 and over are the next priority grouping, but that process has not got underway at all as yet.
Cllr Kilcoyne told Midwest News this lunchtime that while there might be a Priority List for Covid 19 vaccinations – the problem is who is in charge of its implementation