People are getting multiple booster vaccine appointments because of a computer glitch.
Hundreds of people are being issued with HSE booster appointments after they get booster vaccinations at their GPs or local pharmacy, because of the “gap” between the computer systems and databases.
The computer glitch is between the Health Service Executive’s vaccination database and the IT systems used by pharmacies and GPs.
The Irish Pharmacy Union and Irish College of General Practitioners said the “gap” is caused by a time lag as long as two days between their information technology systems and the HSE’s.
The HSE said that because “GPs and pharmacies operate on different IT systems, there may be a gap in notification of the vaccination which can, from time to time, result in multiple appointments”.
The HSE told RTE’s Morning Ireland that because GPs, pharmacies and vaccination centres are rolling out vaccines, “people will occasionally get appointments from multiple sources or after they have already been vaccinated”.
The HSE statement came after the issue was raised by pharmacists and GPs.