The first Covid vaccines could be administered in Northern Ireland next week, Stormont’s Health Minister has said.
A number of these will be healthcare workers from Donegal who work in various hospitals in the North.
A planned roll-out on December 14th is now likely to be brought forward a few days said Robin Swann.
Mr Swann said the region would receive 25,000 jabs of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be part of the initial batch arriving in the UK.
It is not known when exactly the first vaccines will be administered in the Republic.
However, it is thought that the roll-out will begin early in the New Year.
Healthcare workers in the North are likely to receive the first Covid vaccines in Northern Ireland.
“We would hope to have a supply of vaccine next week, which could actually see that date come forward by a few days,” said Mr Swann.
Meanwhile, the Irish Government has agreed to indemnify five drug companies producing vaccines against any liabilities that may arise from complications with their roll-out in the coming months.
It is a sign of the Government’s confidence in the jabs being approved for quality, safety and efficacy by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in the coming weeks.Tags: