The Chief Executive of the Health Service Executive has said there is an “early phenomenon” of high non-attendance for Covid-19 vaccine booster appointments.
In some centres, Paul Reid said, the figure is as high as 50%.
“Certainly we are seeing … people not coming forward for a high number of appointments made and it’s really important if you’re offered a booster appointment, that you take it up,” he told a HSE media briefing.
“We have seen some no-show rates and some centres varying from 25% to 50%.
“It’s a really important call to everybody … we are going to be dealing with significant numbers of the population and we need those appointments utilised.”
Mr Reid said the non-attendance may be “due to a sense of security among people feeling they have had two vaccines and don’t need a booster.”
The HSE has committed to 200,000 booster vaccines a week, increasing to 250,000 over time.