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Immunologist calls for boosters to be extended to younger people

Immunology expert Kingston Mills has called for booster vaccines to be extended to younger people as soon as possible.

While speaking on Newstalk Breakfast this morning, he stated that Ireland has vaccines ‘sitting in freezers’ and that the booster programme is not moving fast enough.

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“We have stocks of vaccines in fridges and freezers and I would prefer to see those being administered as quickly as possible and to extend the boosters to younger age groups as well because there are significant numbers of cases”.

He went on to state how the dominant case numbers are in the younger population and not older people.

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee has advised that individuals who are fully vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca should not get a booster until at least five months and ideally six months after receiving their second vaccine dose.

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Anyone who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be required to wait three months before getting a booster.

Currently, those over the age of 50, people who are immunocompromised and people with underlying health conditions are eligible for the booster in Ireland.

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