Reprioritisation of dialysis patients for the COVID-19 vaccine

Let’s reprioritise dialysis patients for the #COVID19 #vaccine. If we are at very high risk of serious illness then we should be at the front of the queue.

HIV Blogger | living positively

All through the COVID-19 pandemic, those of us who are receiving kidney dialysis have been told by the HSE in Ireland that we are

at very high risk (extremely vulnerable) of serious illness from COVID-19 if [we] are on dialysis or waiting to start dialysis.”

Kidney Disease and COVID-19, on accessed 2021-01-20. 

At present, we are placed in seventh position (if we are adults) and fifteenth position (if we are under 18) to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. I have contacted a number of the members of Dáil Éireann and even Seanad Éireann to ask them to speak to the Minister of Health and others to try to get dialysis patients and transplant patients reprioritised.

As Cathal Berry TD said in Dáil Éireann on 17th December,

It is correct and appropriate that those who are most likely to contract the illness or those who are most vulnerable if they contract…

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