Hospitals in South and Southwest getting lion’s share of Covid vaccines

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Hospitals in Cork, Kerry and Waterford account for a disproportionately large number of Covid-19 vaccines administered so far, according to figures obtained by The Irish Times.

More than one-third of doses administered up to last Tuesday were given out in hospitals run by the South/Southwest Hospital Group, despite it being only the third biggest of the seven hospital groups by number of employees.

South/Southwest had administered 19,840 doses by then – and 22,000 by last Friday – compared to 12,110 administered to staff at the Ireland East Hospital Group, which has 1,500 more staff, the HSE figures show.

Relative to size, staff in South/Southwest were three times more likely to have received the vaccine than those in the west (Saolta hospital group) and four times more likely than in the RCSI hospital group in Dublin and the northeast.

Among those who received the vaccine in South/Southwest were 10 construction workers at University Hospital Kerry, it emerged last night.

Neither the Government nor the HSE have as yet published detailed figures on vaccine rollout, but the immunisation programme is coming under growing scrutiny following revelations in The Irish Times on Monday that 16 staff family members were among those vaccinated at the Coombe hospital in Dublin.


The Rotunda Hospital confirmed on Monday two family members of its staff received leftover Covid-19 vaccines that it feared would be wasted otherwise.

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