PEOPLE with underlying situations equivalent to persistent coronary heart illness, cystic fibrosis and Parkinson’s are as a consequence of be moved up the vaccination queue.
A revamped jab precedence plan is because of be introduced alongside the brand new Dwelling With Covid-19 plan later this week.
It’s understood that individuals with underlying well being situations, who had been within the seventh precedence group within the earlier vaccine plan, are as a consequence of be moved up the queue.
The HSE underlying well being situation precedence group contains folks with persistent coronary heart illness, persistent respiratory illness and persistent neurological ailments equivalent to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
The checklist additionally contains sort one and two diabetes, persistent kidney or liver illness and other people with immunosuppression brought on by illness or remedy equivalent to most cancers sufferers beneath going chemo.
Final week, the Nationwide Immunisation Advisory Committee despatched a report back to the Division of Well being which examined revising the present vaccine prioritisation plan.
Talking final evening, Sinn Fein well being spokesperson David Cullinane welcomed the information these with underlying situations will likely be moved up the vaccine precedence checklist.
He stated: “I welcome this improvement. I used to be the primary to boost the matter within the Dail on February 11 with the Minister for Well being and I’m glad that he has now taken this on board following up to date recommendation from the Nationwide Immunisation Advisory Committee.
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“Tens of thousands of people with serious underlying health conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, have been effectively unable to leave their homes for the last year as they are shielding to protect themselves from this virus.
“This has been a deeply anxious period and people have been understandably highly concerned by the lack of priority given to them in the vaccine rollout so far.
“I hope this development will give them some peace of mind.”