The Health Minister Stephen Donnelly came in for scathing criticism at the Fine Gael Parliamentary party meeting last night, as they discussed vaccine target figures.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar told Fine Gael's parliamentary party meeting the June target for getting 82 per cent of people a first vaccine can still be reached. But he said supply issues and vaccine apathy could hinder this.
He stressed it's important 80 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated before the winter. His meeting heard strong criticism of Health Minister Stephen Donnelly for his handling of several issues, including the vaccine roll-out. Former Minister Michael Ring was scathing of Minister Donnelly's performance, and asked Leo Varadkar to discuss it with the Taoiseach.
Sources present say there were a lot of nodding heads on the Zoom call as the comments were made. The Taoiseach provided an update to his own party, and said the EU is now working on purchasing extra vaccines for use between now and 2023 as booster shots or to combat variants.