Omicron disruptions worsens in health care, pharmacies and legal services

As disruptions due to measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 intensify, the Omicron wave has spread through the country amid “unsettling” pressure on some services.

Despite this, there is growing optimism among public health officials about its limited potential to cause serious illness and death, after a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) on Thursday called it “generally upbeat”.

Even amid temporary optimism, the European Centers for Disease Control (ECDC) said the situation remained critical and health services were likely to be under further pressure. There is also concern that compliance with the restrictions could slip between the notion that Omicron is more mild, and some concern about people over the age of 30 not demonstrating enough enthusiasm for the booster.

Doctors have warned the government that their stock of vaccines may be out of date, which will likely prompt people aged 20-40 to get boosters next week.

With the record level of cases, more services are being affected by the staff crunch.

On Friday, the Psychiatric Nurses Association said the latest surge has resulted in the closure or closure of some services, a “huge and untenable” reliance on overtime and employee goodwill to maintain rosters, and employees being exposed to unsafe working environments. been brought into contact.