Vaccination programme published

Date published: 12 January 2021

The Department of Health has today published the phased plan for NI’s Covid-19 vaccination programme.

The Northern Ireland model for vaccine deployment has been designed to be pragmatic, agile and flexible.

As has been repeatedly emphasised, the rate of progress will be dependent on the availability of vaccines, supplied as part of UK-wide arrangements.

The deployment plans involve a mixture of delivery models which include:

  • large fixed regional vaccination sites run by HSC Trusts,
  • mobile Trust teams to visit care homes,
  • Primary Care based model.

The vaccines are received via Public Health England before being stored in a distribution hub. From there, the vaccine is delivered, as required, to Trust pharmacy sites or a GP practice. It is also intended that community pharmacy will be involved as the programme continues to be rolled out, subject to the availability of sufficient supplies of a suitable vaccine.

The implementation of the vaccination programme will continue to closely follow the prioritisation list recommended by JCVI.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The COVID-19 Vaccination programme Phased Plan is available to access on the Department's website at: 
  2. For media enquiries please contact the DoH Press Office by email pressoffice@health-ni.gov.uk.
  3. Follow us on Twitter @healthdpt.
  4. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.

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