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04 Dec 2021

Covid-19 vaccination role finally extended to new groups of health professionals

REVEALED: New Longford vaccination centre to administer less than 800 jabs a week

A workman puts the finishing touches to a vaccination pod at the new look Longford vaccination centre in Newtownforbes

The green light for radiographers and student health workers to take up vaccination roles has been given the green light.

SIPTU representatives have today, Monday, May 24 welcomed confirmation from the Department of Health that radiographers, radiation therapists and other certain student health workers can apply to be vaccinators as part of the National Covid-19 vaccination programme.  

Kevin Figgis is the trade union's Health Division Organiser.

“For months, intensive efforts were made by SIPTU representatives to ensure our members who are qualified were afforded the opportunity to participate in the Covid-19 vaccination programme. The original statutory instrument provided for nursing, medical practitioners and some other health professionals to apply to be vaccinators.

"Our members then campaigned for the inclusion of radiographers, radiation therapists and certain student grades to be included in any revised statutory instrument.” 

“Our members argued that widening the eligibility of vaccinators, especially as more vaccines become available, is crucial for getting the country back up and running. We believe that the more vaccinators that can be trained up and put to work, the quicker our health service and our society can regroup and recover,” he said.

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