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Booster vaccines will soon be necessary for everyone over 12 – Virologist

Leading virology professor Dr. Gerarld Barry has stated that everyone over the age of 12 will need a booster vaccine, saying that there was no other way of reducing case numbers.

He said that current health policies were not able to “keep a lid” on the case numbers and that Ireland has been “backed into a corner”.

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Booster doses are to be rolled out this weekend to all frontline healthcare workers whose last vaccine dose was administered at least six months ago.

While speaking to RTÉ Radio this morning, Dr. Barry stated, “This is a good reason for a booster campaign, but one could argue that if there were better public health policies in place then such a campaign would not be necessary,”.

He added that the efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccine would have begun waning during the summer for healthcare staff, who were vaccinated last December/January, and that a booster campaign was only considered due to the surge in cases.

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“Simple measures such as increased antigen testing, easier access to PCR testing and a greater focus on ventilation were simple measures that could be introduced. There should be a centre for PCR testing in every town.”

He said that the public should be preparing for every eventuality rather than reacting. He added that the vaccine campaign was “sold to us” as a solution to the issue but it wasn’t enough.

IMAGE – “201214-D-BN624-0811” (CC BY 2.0) by U.S. Secretary of Defense

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