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The NI Department of Health has already vaccinated at least 50% of nursing home residents …

This is one reason I never went with the slightly stupid idea that just because we’re on the same island where the north and south should sync public health policy …

Great news for Northern Ireland: https://t.co/8eZoCKfma4 pic.twitter.com/6ldxrxENMZ

– Mick Fealty (@mickfealty) December 28, 2020

On Christmas Eve, Peter put these figures in perspective …

To date, just over 50% of nursing home residents in Northern Ireland, 75% of nursing home workers and 18% of frontline medical workers in Northern Ireland have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Rightly a global leader and also very good in terms of data / transparency. Clearly good news. https://t.co/7yr6dQdezF

– Peter Donaghy (@peterdonaghy) December 24, 2020

Since the broadcast of the republic landed on Saturday (I assume that the rollout there will take place almost as quickly), who in their right mind would have wanted the Minister of Health to hold back until now? [Yes, that’s the, er, logic – Ed]

It shows the advantage of being a small region with a considerable distribution of power (certainly compared to regions of England, which have had virtually no power over public health since the Tory took over in 2010) in the UK.

You cannot synchronize across borders when resource opportunities are unequal and public representatives have primary responsibilities vis-à-vis those who actually represent them rather than those who wish to represent them.

In terms of vaccines, which are still slowly going online, it has been an amazingly successful collaboration within and between public sector higher education and private sector investment in research and development.

By the way, if someone tells you one more time how the NHS doesn’t work and how we need more private health initiatives, just throw a little bit of that scolded old British Tory Prime Minister Churchill at them …

We will not fail or falter; we will not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of combat nor the protracted trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we’ll finish the job.

“A hospital corpsman prepares a dose of flu vaccine aboard the USS John S. McCain (DDG 56).” by Official US Navy Imagery is licensed under CC BY

Mick is the founding editor of Slugger. He has written articles on the impact of the internet on politics and the media and is a regular guest and speaker across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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