Comment: Welcome to the era of ‘pandemic pump politics’

There are lobby groups looking to get their members moved into the high priority vaccination groups, even if some of them are far from the front line

18th January, 2021
Comment: Welcome to the era of ‘pandemic pump politics’
‘Getting the vaccine first for certain groups and individuals is already a big issue for TDs because they are getting lots of pressure from constituents’. Picture: Getty

What started as vaccine hesitancy has now become “vaccine mania”. People are putting pressure on their TDs to get them the vaccine as quickly as possible.

Some are motivated by their fear of getting Covid-19, or passing it onto older relatives in their family. Others see the vaccine as their passport to get back to the joys of a pre-Covid 19 lifestyle.

The vaccine rollout tensions are also very evident in the health service,...

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