According to the Health Service Executive (HSE), Ireland’s vaccine booster programme is to begin next week.
From Wednesday, people will be notified of their appointments with the administration of the booster vaccine beginning on Friday.
HSE chief Paul Reid stated that contact would be made with people who are deemed at the highest risk, adding that risk would be determined by clinical teams.
The programme will focus on vulnerable and immunocompromised individuals, lasting approximately five to six weeks before completion.
Reid added that the process will be quite complicated, as identifying most at-risk people would not be a simple process.
Stating that it’s not a list that they can “take off the shelf”, Reid stated, “It does address people who are highly immunocompromised, organ recipients, renal patients, certain cancer patients and certain people on certain medications,”.
He added that if people are not contacted, it is most likely because they are not in the highest risk category.
Reid said that the approach that they are taking follows work with the National Immunisation Advisory Council (NIAC) who set out the early recommendations.
It’s understood that people will be directed to a vaccine centre while those who are in hospital will receive it there.
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