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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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Concerns about Proposed Amendments to the Fair Deal Scheme in Relation to Rental Income

(10 May 2022) Age Action will address the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage on Planning: on the Provision of housing for older people, including Fair Deal on 10 May, where they will advocate for a package of safeguarding measures to be put in place to protect older people living in nursing homes as well as reforms to allow 100% of rental income on the person's primary residence to be disregarded by the HSE under the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Fair Deal).