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COVID-19: Extra vaccine and booster dose roll-out gets under way

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has reassured people that the roll-out for the booster dose and additional vaccine is getting under way.

From next week, third vaccine doses will be administered to immunocompromised individuals while booster shots will be administered to everyone over the age of 80 as well as people over the age of 65 in residential settings.

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HSE lead for infection control Professor Martin Cormican said that the programme should run smoothly and there is currently a “very good supply” of the vaccine in Ireland.

The age group for immunocompromised individuals who will be eligible to receive the third dose will include anyone over the age of 12 but will initially be offered to those aged 16 and over because the 12-15-year-old age cohort only recently received their initial vaccine.

The HSE will contact people who are eligible for the third dose or booster vaccine and it’s expected to take five to six weeks to administer third doses to all of those who need one.

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