A Killarney GP says a shortfall in COVID-19 vaccine delivery means his practice will have no doses for patients over 70 next week.
Yesterday, Dr Gary Stack was informed by the HSE that just 60 of the 205 Pfizer vaccines doses requested by his practice will arrive next week.
This means patients over 75 awaiting their second dose will be covered but there will be no vaccines for those over 70.
Dr Stack says it is frustrating trying to plan a vaccination clinic due to this and patients are calling the practice every hour asking about vaccines.
He says GP colleagues in Killarney, Kerry, Cork, Kilkenny and Dublin are all reporting similar shortfalls:
Meanwhile, Deputy Government Chief Whip and Kerry Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin says he has raised the unacceptable shortfall in vaccines for GP practices with the Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and the HSE.
In response, the HSE acknowledges shortfalls are frustrating for some GPs and their patients.
It said the vaccine allocations remain limited by supply and this is due to higher numbers in the age group and limited volumes available for allocation.
The HSE said they expect to be able to increase allocation of vaccines to GPs from next week.