7 in 10 people in Ireland would take Coronavirus vaccine – poll finds

According to an Ireland Thinks poll, 70% of people in Ireland would take the Covid-19 vaccine.

14% of the same poll said they would not take the vaccine, while 16% were unsure.

This follows another recent poll from Red C which indicated that 74% of the Irish public would take the Covid-19 vaccine when it is rolled-out.

For the Covid-19 vaccine to be fully successful, experts believe around 70% of the entire population must take the vaccination.

NPHET have already suggested that the key battleground in mass immunisation of the Irish population will be the ability to persuade enough people who are sitting on the fence to ultimately take the vaccine.

Public Health experts will have noted there is a slight drop in the numbers of people keen on taking the vaccination from the last Ireland Thinks poll in July where 73% of people said they would be in favour of taking a Covid-19 vaccine. The difference between then and now is the reality that availability of a working vaccine is imminent.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly have already confirmed a large pro-vaccine campaign will be launched when the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine occurs.

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Covid-19 vaccine could be rolled out in Ireland from January

The Government has said that the Covid-19 vaccine designed by Pfizer and BioNTech could be available in Ireland from early January.

The European Medicines Agency are currently conducting a review of the vaccine with the hope of approving it in the coming weeks.

Should it be approved, Taoiseach Micheál Martin is confident Ireland already has the infrastructure in place to enable the roll-out of the vaccine at the earliest possible convenience.

This news follows an announcement from Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann saying that some 12,000 people will get the Covid-19 vaccine in the next two weeks in Northern Ireland.

The Taoiseach spoke of “light at the end of the tunnel” and how 2021 will be “a different year as we emerge from Covid-19”.

The Taoiseach said that healthcare workers, the elderly and nursing home residents with be the first people to receive the vaccine as they are most at risk.

Some €2.5 billion has been spent by the Department of Health to help fight and deal with coronavirus, this takes the total health expenditure this year to over €20 billion. These figures were revealed by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly at the Oireachtas Health Committee.

Minister Donnelly also revealed that the stock levels of PPE equipment/gear by the end of 2020 will be the equivalent of 12 years worth of supply in normal times.

Ireland reported 270 new covid-19 cases yesterday and a further 5 deaths. This took the total death toll in Ireland to 2,074 and the total number of confirmed cases to 73,066.

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Covid-19 vaccinations could begin in Northern Ireland next week

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann has said some 12,000 people will get the Covid-19 vaccine in the next two weeks.

The announcement follows Britain becoming the first country in the world to fully approve the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. The vaccine is to be made available across the UK from next week.

It was planned that the rollout of the vaccine would begin Monday week however, Mr Swann said there is a possibility that the rollout could be brought forward by a couple of days with vaccinations actually starting next week.

Mr Swann speaking on BBC Radio Ulster, said “It is the beginning of the end”. However, he warned against complacency and strongly advised the people of Northern Ireland to remain vigilant and follow public health guidelines.

He also stressed a mass rollout of the vaccine to the population would not be possible until “well into next year”.

The UK have allocated 25,000 phials of the vaccine to Northern Ireland at this early stage. Given it is a two-jab inoculation, it means 12,000 people, who are deemed most vulnerable, will be given the vaccine.

It has been reported that Northern Ireland has categorised the most vulnerable as healthcare workers, care home residents and social care workers.

Northern Ireland reported 391 new covid-19 cases yesterday and a further 15 deaths. This took the death toll in NI past 1,000 to 1,011.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, when answering a question in the Dáil today, suggested approval for the Covid-19 vaccine in the Republic of Ireland could come on December 29 “at the latest”. It may be a Christmas present like no other.

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