Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced that booster vaccines will be given to healthcare workers as soon as possible.
This follows calls from healthcare staff for booster vaccines to be administered to their cohort as hospitals face dramatic pressure with over 3,500 healthcare workers absent due to Covid-19.
As healthcare workers were among the initial groups to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, there are concerns that the efficacy of the vaccine will begin to wane.
Donnelly confirmed this morning that the vaccination programme would extend to healthcare workers following recommendations from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC).
Regardless of what their initial vaccination was, healthcare workers will be administered an additional mRNA vaccine such as Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna.
The dose will be administered six months after the last vaccine dose they received.
Although a strict timeline has not been confirmed, Donnelly said that the boosters will be rolled out this weekend.
Donnelly stated this morning, “Our frontline healthcare workers have been at the cold face of this pandemic for almost two years, caring for those most vulnerable and making extraordinary personal sacrifices,”.
IMAGE – “201214-D-BN624-0811” (CC BY 2.0) by U.S. Secretary of Defense/Stephen Donnelly (via Twitter)