Buddy calls out nursing home residents as 300,000 doses on the go

THE health minister has been asked to allow nursing home residents to choose a loved one to participate in the Covid-19 vaccination program when it rolls out in January.

The proposal means that each of the country’s 30,000 nursing home residents would nominate one family member or friend as a “vaccine buddy” to ensure that they can still receive visitors while waiting for the rest of the population to catch up with the vaccination program.

The trade group, Nursing Homes Ireland, raised the issue with Health Minister Stephen Donnelly last week to ask him to consider the proposals. Tadhg Daly, the CEO of Nursing Homes Ireland, said they wanted the measure to be introduced in the early stages of the vaccination program to ensure the well-being of residents.

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