Updated: 9.45am An earlier version of this report referenced Millbrae Surgery in Stranorlar. Donegal Daily can confirm that this surgery is NOT affected by delays and the clinic is proceeding with vaccines as planned tomorrow.
GP surgeries in parts of Donegal are being forced to deal with a delay in the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines due to a lack of supply.
Some clinics have been told their supplies will be cut until the week of 28th March.
The HSE update has sparked disappointment and uncertainty among doctors and patients.
The Millbrae surgery in Carndonagh said they were expecting vaccines for their patients aged 80-85 this week. Now, they cannot be sure if they can cater to this group when new supplies come in three weeks’ time.
“Even then we do not know if we will only receive enough vaccines as a second dose for people aged 85 and over or if we will have enough vaccines for other age groups,” the Millbrae Surgery said on Facebook.
“It goes without saying how disappointed we are with this decision.”
HSE CEO Paul Reid said the health service has experienced “high levels of frustration” due to a shortage in doses.
Ireland was expecting to receive around 1.42m doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the first three months of 2021. This has been cut short to 1.1m.
Mr Reid told the Oireachtas health committee yesterday that the HSE has had to readjust plans for vaccination up to 15-17 times due to supply changes and changes to sequencing and prioritisation.