Half do not show for booster appointments in some Irish vaccination centres

Some centres are experiencing between 25-50% of appointments being missed, Director-General of the health service Paul Reid said on Thursday, [EPA-EFE / MARC O'SULLIVAN / POOL]

Some vaccination centres in Ireland report up to 50% of those who have booked appointments to receive COVID-19 booster shots fail to turn up, the head of Ireland’s health service has said.

Some centres are experiencing between 25-50% of missed appointments, Director-General of the health service Paul Reid said on Thursday (18 November), adding that this could place a further strain on an already worsening situation.

Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, Ireland reintroduced several pandemic restrictions this week, including a hospitality curfew that began on Thursday, just weeks after the country’s rules were almost completely lifted.

Reid speculated that the high booster jab “no show” rate could be due to a “sense of security” among those already vaccinated but warned that it was important for those already double vaccinated to receive the third dose.

Doing so would reduce the number of people ending up in hospital due to COVID-19, he added, describing Ireland’s health service as currently facing the “highest level of impact and risk” it’s had to deal with since the pandemic’s onset.

This week, Reid also wrote to all major hospitals in Ireland, authorising them to begin cancelling procedures, including surgeries, if the intensifying pressure of rising COVID-19 cases does not abate.

(Molly Killeen | EURACTIV.com)

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