Friday , July 23 2021

Buddy is calling on nursing home residents as 300,000 doses on the way

The Minister of Health has been asked to allow nursing home residents to select a loved one for the Covid-19 immunization program when it begins in January.

The proposal means that each of the country’s 30,000 nursing home residents will nominate one relative or friend as their “immunization buddy” to ensure they can continue to visit while waiting for the rest of the population to catch up with the immunization program.

The Nursing Homes Ireland trade group raised the issue last week with Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, asking him to consider the proposal. Tadhg Daly, chief executive of Nursing Homes Ireland, said he wanted a measure introduced early in the vaccination program to ensure the well-being of residents.

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