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NIAC to assess booster vaccines for healthcare workers

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) is to meet today to discuss and assess offering Covid-19 booster vaccines to healthcare workers.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) last week called on the Government to include healthcare workers in its booster vaccine campaign.

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

The HSE will begin rolling out booster vaccines to those over 60-years-old this week.

CEO of the HSE Paul Reid said the impact of Covid-19 is hitting hard, with unrelenting demands on hospitals.

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“Covid-19 impacts are hitting hard with unrelenting and increasing demands on staff in hospitals, ICUs, A&E departments, testing, vaccinations,” he said.

“We’re striving to meet all. A massive effort by all of us on the public health measures is needed to relieve this and turn it around.”

IMAGE – Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

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