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Furious not aggrieved: 60-69 year-olds

Published 09/07/2021

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(Friday 9 July) Age Action has raised the concerns of people aged 60-69 about the vaccination process in place for them with public representatives including the Minister for Health who we have asked to provide clarity on the most efficacious vaccination process for this group and a direct response to concerns about potential discrimination or undermining of equality of outcomes for older people.

Today, the Irish Times published our Letter to the Editor:

Sir, we have received a lot of contact to Age Action from people who feel treated as second-class citizens because they were given no choice of vaccine, while a choice has been given to other age groups, and the vaccination process for people aged 60-69 has been much slower than for other age groups.

In the week leading up to the Government announcing new easing of restrictions, only 24 per cent of vaccinated people aged 60-69 had received their second dose compared to 64 per cent of vaccinated people aged 50-59.

Many older people have questions about where they stand in the vaccination rollout and they need answers, not to be told to put up or shut up.

Clarity from the Minster for Health is urgently needed on the vaccination process for people aged 60-69, and the Minister needs to respond to people’s feelings of potential discrimination and inequality of outcomes for older people.

ENDS

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Age Action calls on the Government to use Budget 2022 to counter the growing inequality experienced by older people

(13 September 2021) Age Action today launched its submission to Government in advance of Budget 2022, alongside the findings of a survey of older people’s views on the budget.

93.7% of respondents to Age Action’s Pre-Budget 2022 survey said that there should be in increase in the State Pension. 53.7% of older persons said they found it difficult to access services or activities that were only available online, and 54.3% had medical appointments for non-COVID issues cancelled or postponed.