By Sean Moriarty

Not enough is being done to speed up the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines according to Cllr Marie Moloney who will raise the issue at this Monday’s Ordinary Meeting of Kerry County Council.

She believes that nursing home staff are more than qualified to administer the vaccines. By allowing nursing home staff to administer the vaccine it could both speed up the operation in such homes and free up HSE staff and allow them work in other areas of society.

During the meeting she plans to ask Kerry County Council to write to the Minister for Health Mr Stephen Donnelly.

“In light of the extremely high number of COVID-19 cases and in order to speed up the rollout of the vaccine, I am asking that a letter be sent to the Minister for Health and to the HSE to allow the highly qualified staff in nursing homes and long stay residential facilities, to administer the vaccine to the residents and staff. They are more than capable of administering same and ensuring that the required paperwork is done,” she said.