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Nurses to administer swine flu vaccine as GPs opt out

Eilish O’Regan
Irish Independent [1]
Wednesday, Oct 21st, 2009

Public health nurses may have to be drafted in to give the swine flu vaccine in some parts of the country.

The nurses will also be used in Dublin because of a lack of GPs willing to take part in the scheme, it was learned last night.

The news came as health officials here insisted the vaccine is safe after fears were voiced in Germany about it.

It is understood that public health nurses in parts of north Dublin may have to give at-risk patients the jab instead of GPs who are have refused to sign up due to uncertainty over their indemnity cover.


The German controversy arose after it emerged that the Pandemrix vaccine, made by Glaxosmithcline, was being given to the general public, while the Baxter vaccine is to be administered to the German government and armed forces.

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