Step up in mass vaccination the right decision

Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA Deborah Erskine has said the Department of Health's decision to step up mass vaccination centres again is the right decision after initial hesitation.

By Deborah Erskine MLA

Fermanagh & South Tyrone

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Mrs Erskine was commenting after extra days were announced for the vaccination centre in Enniskillen.

The DUP MLA said,

“The public demand for vaccines seems to have taken the DoH by surprise but the establishment of mass vaccination centres again is right way to go. People should not be standing out in the cold for hours to get a vaccine.

Boosters provide us with the single greatest defence against Omicron and it is why DUP representatives have been pressing for the increase in roll-out. Within my own constituency of Fermanagh & South Tyrone the provision of extra dates for the mass vaccination centre in Enniskillen will assist to ensure the maximum uptake of boosters in the run-up to Christmas.

As we look towards two years since the first emergence of Covid-19 our response to emerging threats needs not only to be timely but also targeted. The NI Executive must look to the examples of what has worked in other jurisdictions, and equally what has not. Actions must be evidence-based and effective. The booster campaign is so important because the evidence points to its effectiveness in reducing hospitalisations.

We need to continue the focus on targeted and effective interventions which will deliver the best outcomes for our health service and the people of Northern Ireland."

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