Ireland extends vaccination booster shot programme

Ireland will this week extend the provision of booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines, offering them to people over 60 years old. [EPA-EFE / MARC O'SULLIVAN]

Ireland will this week extend the provision of booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines, offering them to people over 60 years old.

Despite more than 90% of the population being fully vaccinated, cases of the virus have climbed in recent weeks as pandemic restrictions were rolled back.

Boosters have so far only been available to those over 80, older residents of care homes, and people who are immunocompromised.

Last week, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation wrote to Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer and the leadership of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) to argue that healthcare professionals should be a priority when it comes to rolling out booster shots.

The NIAC will meet Monday (1 November) to discuss extending the programme to frontline healthcare workers.

(Molly Killeen | EURACTIV.com)

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