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The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has confirmed that at least 77 per cent of its staff have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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The Trust also confirmed that vaccination slots for staff will “always be available” at South Lake Leisure Centre and that staff should be able to get the vaccine during working hours.

However, it appears the rate at which the Southern Trust’s staff are getting vaccinated has slowed.

Speaking at a virtual meeting of the Trust’s board on Thursday, May 27, the organisation’s Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Vivienne Toal said according to the number’s coming through the Trust’s own vaccination programme, 74 per cent of staff had received their first dose.

Speaking on July 29 a spokesperson confirmed the Trust’s latest figures, collected more than six weeks after Ms Toal’s comments, show the number of staff vaccinated had increased by just three per cent to 77 per cent.

“The latest Trust staff vaccination figures, as of July 18, 2021, show that 77 per cent of our staff have received the first dose of the vaccine,” said a Trust spokesperson.

“We encourage all our staff to get the vaccine to help protect themselves, their families and patients and clients.

“It can really make a difference in terms of preventing serious illness and hospitalisations. The more people who get the vaccine, the greater success it will be.

“Any member of staff can get their vaccine by walking into our vaccination centre at South Lake Leisure Centre or they can attend any of the mobile pop up clinics or other vaccination centres.

“Slots for staff will always be available at South Lake Leisure Centre. Staff should work with managers to agree their attendance for vaccination during work hours (within the needs of the service) and are encouraged to avail of this as the preferred option.”

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