Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Health why larger numbers of vaccines for COVID-19 cannot be provided with a specific delivery date in advance so that proper planning and coordination can be done with primary care practices.
Minister of Health: The vaccines are received via Public Health England before being stored in a distribution hub. From there the available vaccine is delivered, to Trust pharmacy sites or a GP practices.
The central limitation on the rollout of the vaccination programme has been, and continues to be, the availability of vaccine. The volume of vaccines delivered is subject to fluctuation and as such the Programme as a whole is subject to delivery variations.