A Tipperary pharmacist says the sector is not set up to administer the booster vaccine.
250,000 healthcare workers are set to receive the top-up jab, after lengthy discussions by NIAC.
Clonmel based pharmacist Ronan Quirke told Tipp Today that the vaccine software they use wouldn’t allow for a further dose.
“That software doesn’t allow for pharmacists to record a third dose, so until such time as somebody updates that software, there is no facility for pharmacies to record when somebody gets a third dose.
“We can’t proceed further until such time as somebody fixes the software.”
He added that there is also a lot of vaccine waste, due to a lack of protocols.
Ronan referenced a walk-in clinic in Clonmel last Friday, where there were four no shows, but the vaccines couldn’t be given to four healthcare workers, because there was no system to support such a deviation from an appointment booked in.