Staff concerns of rollout of Covid-19 vaccine in Nenagh Hospital
Deputy Jackie Cahill has contacted the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly and raised concerns about the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine in Nenagh Hospital. Deputy Cahill has highlighted that Limerick Regional Hospital has had its staff vaccinated and the rollout in Ennis Hospital is almost complete, while Nenagh Hospital management and staff are still awaiting confirmation from the HSE on a rollout date and availability of vaccines.
“I have been contacted by concerned staff members in Nenagh Hospital who informed me this that management are still waiting to receive confirmation from HSE management as to when frontline workers in the hospital will be vaccinated and if there is availability of vaccines for them. The HSE needs to communicate with Nenagh Hospital management on this,” Cahill stated.
“I have shared these concerns directly with the Minister for Health this morning and stated that the Regional Hospital in Limerick has completed vaccinations of frontline staff, while Ennis Hospital is nearly complete. Staff members in Nenagh Hospital are concerned that there are a number of Covid-19 positive patients in the hospital presently and the hospital is accepting transfers from UHL.
“I have asked Minister Donnelly to update Nenagh Hospital management as a matter of priority as to when frontline staff will be vaccinated. I stated in my communications with the Minister that there are staff in Nenagh Hospital trained and ready to distribute the vaccine to the frontline. It is my view that it is very unfair that the other major hospitals treating Covid-19 positive patients in the Mid-West have access to the vaccine, while the staff and management of Nenagh Hospital are still waiting on confirmation from HSE management," Deputy Cahill concluded.