Dublin Chamber has called on businesses to support their staff in attending their pre-scheduled appointments for the Covid-19 vaccination if they fall within working hours.

Mary Rose Burke, CEO of Dublin Chamber and a pharmacist, said as the national rollout of the vaccine programme begins to call the majority of the working population for vaccination, it will begin to impact businesses in a way in which it had not previously.

"We want employers to be clear and consistent with their staff from the start, that they can attend their allocated appointment and they don't have to reschedule," Ms Burke said.

"Rescheduling will cause unnecessary delays to the vaccine rollout," she added.

Wherever possible, Dublin Chamber is calling on businesses to be flexible and to allow their staff to attend their appointments.

"We know in some cases this might be inconvenient, but it's important that businesses, that employers play their part in reducing vaccine hesitancy, removing a potential barrier and helping to ensure the success and efficiency of the national vaccine rollout," she added.

Mary Rose Burke said the vaccination programme will prove to be a significant business benefit, as more and more people are vaccinated, more sectors of the economy can reopen, including retail and hospitality.

"We hope that a return to the office is in the not too distant future," she added.