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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Department of Health publish Vaccination programme plan
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The Department of Health has today published the phased plan for NI’s Covid-19 vaccination programme.

The Northern Ireland model for vaccine deployment has been designed to be pragmatic, agile and flexible.

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As has been repeatedly emphasised, the rate of progress will be dependent on the availability of vaccines, supplied as part of UK-wide arrangements.

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The deployment plans involve a mixture of delivery models which include:

  • large fixed regional vaccination sites run by HSC Trusts,
  • mobile Trust teams to visit care homes,
  • Primary Care based model.

The vaccines are received via Public Health England before being stored in a distribution hub. From there, the vaccine is delivered, as required, to Trust pharmacy sites or a GP practice. It is also intended that community pharmacy will be involved as the programme continues to be rolled out, subject to the availability of sufficient supplies of a suitable vaccine.

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The implementation of the vaccination programme will continue to closely follow the prioritisation list recommended by JCVI.

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