Booster jabs have been brought forward to the middle of December for those over 50 following an announcement by HSE chief Paul Reid.
The booster programme for this age cohort was planned to go ahead at the end of December.
While speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Reid stated that from next week, booster vaccines will be given to people who are medically vulnerable, which is said to be around 470,000.
He added that although hospitals remain stretched, actions were taken last week in an attempt to mitigate risk across the hospital system by keeping the priority on urgent elective care and Covid cases.
Reid stated that three further test centres will be opened next week with Defence Forces and redeployed HSE staff helping with testing.
It’s understood that all options are being looked at in relation to the vaccine campaign for younger children aged 5 to 11 years old.
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