Health Minister asked to consider giving Jab to visitors to nursing homes

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The Minister of Health has been asked to consider vaccinating nominated visitors to nursing homes as part of the state’s rollout of vaccination in the new year.

A priority list is currently being drawn up and the new Covid-19 Vaccine Task Force will present a plan to the government on Friday.

Initially, 300,000 doses of the Pfizer shot are expected to be available, enough to cover all nursing home residents.

Tadhg Daly of Nursing Homes Ireland says a nominated visitor should also be included so that visits continue while the rest of the population is vaccinated.

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