Wednesday, January 20, 2021

A LARGE proportion of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered so far have gone to hospitals across the South/South West Hospital Group, including University Hospital Waterford.

As of last Friday, January 15, over 21,000 staff had been vaccinated across the South/South West Hospital Group, including University Hospital Waterford, according to figures obtained by the Waterford News and Star.

To date, all the vaccine allocations for University Hospital Waterford were administered to front-line workers in the health care setting across both the acute and community setting, a spokesperson for UHW said.

The Irish Times reported earlier in the week that 16 leftover doses of the vaccine at The Coombe maternity hospital in Dublin had been used for relatives of hospital staff, including two of the Master’s children. A former master of the Coombe Hospital in Dublin has called for an inquiry into the issue. The Rotunda maternity hospital in Dublin had also used leftover vaccine doses for two relatives of staff due to fears it would be wasted otherwise.

Responding to queries from the Waterford News and Star about leftover vaccines at UHW, a spokesperson for UHW said the hospital has a “standby list” in place for healthcare workers and onsite personnel who are available at short notice to avail of any left-over doses of the vaccine. “All vaccines are utilised and no vaccine dose is wasted,” the spokesperson added.

University Hospital Waterford and the South/South West Hospital Group in collaboration with community colleagues in South East Community Healthcare are implementing the Covid-19 vaccination programme for frontline healthcare workers across the region. Vaccine clinics are administering the available supply of the vaccine.

“There has been an overwhelmingly positive response to the vaccine programme from staff of all disciplines presenting for the vaccine,” the spokesperson said, adding that future vaccine allocations for UHW “will be administered in accordance with national protocols and prioritisation listing.”

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By Jade Wilson
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