Alliance Party Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has called for the Department of Health to consider door to door calls to encourage the public to get vaccinated. Mrs Bradshaw also indicated that this effort has been successful in England and would certainly help those in Northern Ireland who are struggling to get their vaccine.
Speaking to Clanrye News and Sport the Alliance Party Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw said:
“We are already seeing successful trials in Birmingham and elsewhere of vaccinations in community halls and similar locations being advertised via door-to-door canvass in advance.
“The objective is to assist those who are happy to get vaccinated but cannot – perhaps because they lack transport to a suitable clinic or surgery, or because they are anxious about queuing with transmission currently so high.
“We need to do absolutely everything we can to ensure access to vaccination is equitable and as many people as possible enjoy the protection of vaccination.”
Furthermore we asked Mrs Bradshaw if this will be discussed by the executive at their next meeting on the 6th of January.
Mrs Bradshaw added:
“This does not need Executive approval; it would be a matter for the Department of Health. It is for that Department to consider all means of ensuring more people get vaccinated early in the New Year.”
We have contacted the Department of Health for a comment.