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3,500 healthcare workers currently off work due to Covid-19

There are currently 3,500 healthcare workers off work as a result of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Chief Clinical Officer with the HSE Dr. Colm Henry said hospitals are under pressure with the rise in cases in the country.

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“The loss of staff is bad not only for the workers themselves but for the services and people who rely on these staff to deliver these services, and some are quite specialised staff,” he said.

The update comes as there has been mounting calls to offer healthcare workers a booster Covid-19 vaccine.

Currently, only those over the age of 60 are currently eligible for a booster vaccine in Ireland.

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The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) is meeting tomorrow to discuss boosters for healthcare workers and the wider booster campaign.

“We’re heading into a winter where we are delivering unscheduled care, emergency care, scheduled care and catching up on waiting lists,” Henry continued.

IMAGE – Twitter/paulreiddublin

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