BREAKDOWN OF THE WORKING GROUP
TAOISEACH Micheal Martin attended the 44th meeting of the High Level Working Group on Vaccination against Covid-19 today.
President Professor Brian MacCraith, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, HSE CEO Paul Reid, Program Director Derek Tierney and Liz Canavan of the Department of Taoiseach were in attendance, with others in attendance via video.
The Irish Sun understands that today’s meeting marked the start of the downsizing of the vaccine working group.
The task force will continue to meet over the next few weeks and will be disbanded next month as Ireland changes its approach to the pandemic.
Martin wanted to organize a special task force meeting today to thank them for their work on the record jab campaign in Ireland.
Speaking after the meeting, the Taoiseach said: “Almost 7.3 million doses have been administered in Ireland since the first dose was given to grandmother Annie Lynch on December 26, a little while ago. more than nine months.
“91.4% of the adult population is now fully vaccinated and these vaccinations have been essential to protect our communities, our health services and allow the safe and regular reopening of society.
“On behalf of the Irish government and people, I would like to thank Professor Brian MacCraith and all members of the task force for their dedication to helping implement one of the most successful Covid-19 vaccination programs and the most efficient in the world.
“The working group, in collaboration with the HSE community and hospital vaccination teams, general practitioners, pharmacies, doctors, nurses, paramedics, nursing home staff and other health professionals and volunteers, has played an important role in protecting our relationships with the elderly, our friends, vulnerable physicians, our frontline health workers and society at large.
“The combined effort has allowed us to get through the emergency phase of the pandemic and enter this next phase of managing Covid-19. “
Professor MacCraith added: “The vaccine deployment has exceeded our best expectations.
“But any success that can be associated with it is mainly due to two things: first, the remarkable response of the Irish in all age groups, and second, the incredible commitment and expertise shown by those responsible for the program implementation.
“It was an extraordinary example of human effort and commitment to public service.”