Aontú Representative for Castletroy & Annacotty Eric Nelligan, is calling for the Department if Health to reverse the decision to deny members of an Garda Síochana and the Education Staff the entitlement to getting the Flu Vaccination.
This comes after the HSE recently announced that they have suspended distribution of the flu vaccine to GPs and pharmacies after it emerged that 600,000 doses are missing.
While most of the population are now confined to their homes due to Level 5 lockdown, frontline and critical workers are still interacting with citizens during this dangerous time.
Covid-19 has may similar symptoms as the flu, and critical workers are being denied a vaccine.
Aontú Representative, Eric Nelligan says, “frontline workers are expected to return to work in the event of a negative test, however, the whole process from start to finish still takes close to a week.”
“This can lead to these essential workers missing work during the pandemic, leading to further pressure on our country’s financial state.”
“Teachers are meeting a multitude of other staff and young children every day, while Gardaí are indispensable to a safe functioning society,” he added.
“These essential workers want to remain in good health to fulfil their jobs and vaccines are a proven health measure to keep people healthy, in this time of peril.”
“If a teacher, a Garda or any other essential worker is suspected of being sick they have to isolate and follow the correct protocol.”
“The decision by the (Minister of Health, Stephen Donnelly) not only jeopardises the health of these front line workers. It is also bad economics,” he claimed.
Aontú have stated that they will, “do anything we can to ensure the country emerges from the Pandemic in the best shape possible”.