It was revealed at a Health Forum West meeting today that 97% of staff in the Saolta Health Care Group have been fully vaccinated.
There has been a significant demand to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to date and all indications are that there is a very high take-up of vaccination by healthcare staff, which is welcome. There is policy in place to address situations where staff in critical roles are unvaccinated, which is managed a local healthcare site level, and we know this is a relatively small number in the context of the total healthcare workforce,” said Saolta Chief Executive, Tony Canavan.
“Participation in vaccination programmes in Ireland is not mandatory. Should a person change their mind, vaccination can be made available to them. We continue to vaccinate new healthcare staff and have processes in place to ensure new healthcare workers are vaccinated. A healthcare worker’s vaccination status is a matter between the line manager and the individual staff member when the risk assessment is being conducted,” Mr Cavavan added.
Tuam-based Fianna Fáil councillor Donagh Killilea posed the question ahead of the forum meeting. He said it is “worrying” that an unvaccinated healthcare worker could be dealing face-to-face with a patient.