Cabinet to decide on €91m vaccination deal
The deal would see doctors and pharmacists vaccinate 1.5 million people across Ireland.
Stephen Donnelly is today expected to ask the Cabinet to approve an agreement which will allow doctors and pharmacists to administer Covid-19 vaccines.
The €91 million deal would see a payment of €60 for each patient vaccinated made to members of the Irish Medical Organisation and the Irish Pharmacy Union.
In the event of a single dose product becoming available, they will be paid €35 per jab.
If the State are to approve this deal, approximately 1.5 million people would be vaccinated in pharmacies and by doctors.
The plan would be to allow doctors and pharmacists to administer the Oxford/AztraZeneca vaccine, as it does not have to be kept at very low temperatures.
Ireland is currently attempting to secure an advanced shipment of this vaccine, so we could immediately administer it once it's approved by the EU.
It is believed that 140,000 people will be vaccinated across Ireland by next Sunday - the majority of which are healthcare workers and those working or living in long term care facilities.
Donnelly also said on Monday morning that he will seek a "full account" of what happened from the Coombe Hospital after 16 vaccines were given to family members of staff.