People skipping queue for Covid-19 vaccine 'frustrating' says Reid

People Skipping Queue For Covid-19 Vaccine 'Frustrating' Says Reid
Paul Reid said skipping the vaccine queue was a breach of trust.
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Cases of people skipping the Covid-19 vaccine queue are "frustrating" and breach the aim of the rollout, according to the head of the HSE, Paul Reid.

The vaccination programme is based on a high level of trust, he said, but the HSE has now strengthened the validation process for those receiving jabs, according to the Irish Examiner.

Mr Reid's comments come after a number of incidents in which vaccine doses were given to people before the rollout had reached their cohort.

Commenting on potential abuses on the internal portal used by HSE workers to register for a vaccine, Mr Reid said the issue was not the portal but rather the abuse of trust.

Recently, a doctor at the Coombe Women and Infants Hospital was found to have taken doses of the vaccine home to inoculate his family, while doses from the Beacon Private Hospital were administered to staff from a private school in Co Wicklow.

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The Beacon claimed the doses were 'surplus' due to an issue in the booking system which caused healthcare workers to receive more than one appointment to get their vaccine in different locations.

On Friday, the HSE confirmed 1,329 healthcare workers were due to receive their vaccine at the Citywest vaccination centre in Dublin, however, only 757 showed up.

Mr Reid said that issues with the vaccine programme are being dealt with as they arise.

In a tweet, he added the vaccine system is due to scale up in April and May, with the 1 millionth dose expected to be administered in the State sometime next week.

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