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Government approves NIAC recommendation to give Covid-19 booster vaccines to healthcare workers

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has approved a recommendation from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) to give Covid-19 booster vaccines to healthcare workers.

Donnelly said he had asked the HSE some time ago to prepare for such a programme for healthcare workers.

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The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has called for healthcare staff to be included in the booster campaign as a result of rising case numbers and pressure on hospitals.

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

Booster vaccines will begin to be administered to those over-60 this week.

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Those aged between 60-69 will get their booster shot at a mass vaccination centre, while GPs will administer the jabs to those aged between 70-79.

Booster vaccines have already been offered to those over 80-years-old, those aged 65 and over in residential care and those who are immunocompromised.

IMAGE – Stephen Donnell (via Twitter)/RTÉ Twitter

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