Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (984)

Thomas Gould

Ceist:

984. Deputy Thomas Gould asked the Minister for Health the engagements he undertook with alternative suppliers when it became apparent that the flu vaccine was delayed. [27289/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The first deliveries of influenza vaccines to all sites (GPs, pharmacists, nursing homes etc.) started on 17th  September. Although slightly later than planned, this is line with the delivery dates of previous years; in 2019, the commencement date was 16th September.

For the initial deliveries, the quantities of influenza vaccine delivered to sites are based on a proportion of the previous years deliveries to those sites, in order to ensure equity. The quantities of vaccine made available will be increased in line with the amounts received into the country. All doses of the vaccine are expected by the end of October and will be distributed as quickly as possible. The HSE is in daily contact with the manufacturer in relation to the delivery of the vaccines. Delivery of the nasal vaccine used to be used for children is not affected.

It was not feasible to engage with alternative suppliers as the manufacturing of vaccines takes approximately five months. The HSE placed its order with the manufacturers in February for delivery in September.