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New Covid-19 Recommendations Endorsed By Niac

The Irish Republic’s Minister for Health, Mr Stephen Donnelly made public on yesterday afternoon, that a number of new recommendations have been endorsed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) and also by interim Chief Medical Officer, Professor Breda Smyth.

Five new recommendations include:

  • A second mRNA booster vaccine for healthcare workers.

  • A third mRNA booster vaccine for those aged 65 years and older, and those aged 12-64 years who are immunocompromised.

  • A second mRNA booster vaccine for those aged 12-49 years who have an underlying medical condition or are residents of long-term care facilities.

  • A second mRNA booster vaccine for those aged 50-64 years.

  • A second mRNA booster vaccine for pregnant women at 16 weeks or later who have not already received a booster vaccine in their current pregnancy.

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee has also recommended that Covid-19 vaccinations can be administered at the same time as seasonal influenza vaccines are being dispensed.

The Minister has urged anyone who has not yet received their primary course or booster vaccine, to do so at the earliest possible convenience.

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