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Saturday 1 April 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Children

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# rollout
HSE working to decide settings where Covid vaccines will be administered to children
The HSE has been “working around the clock” on how best to distribute the message to parents.
# freezing classrooms
Taoiseach says funding will be made available to schools that wish to purchase HEPA filters
Mary Lou McDonald says children and teachers are left freezing in classrooms as windows must be left open.
# Education
Therapy services at special school still not restored despite Taoiseach's assurances
One child has been taken out of the school because of the lack of on-site clinicians with the relevant skills.
# Waiting Lists
Children's hospitals forced to cancel surgeries for patients who are in 'increasing pain'
Around 40% of in-patients at children’s hospitals have a respiratory virus.
High attendances at Emergency Departments forced hospitals to cancel non-urgent procedures, Michelle Hennessy reports.
There has been an increase in cases of a respiratory virus among children aged 0-4.
Advocates have called for funding to expand theatre capacity and support recruitment.
Consultants say orthopaedic care conditions for children are 'inadequate and chaotic'
# Waiting Lists
Consultants say orthopaedic care conditions for children are 'inadequate and chaotic'
Consultant paediatric orthopaedic surgeon Connor Green made a passionate plea to overhaul the system.
# nphet
Five to 12 year olds are now the age group with the highest Covid incidence rate
Prof Breda Smyth said that children in this age group are in contact with one another “a lot”.
# Vaccination
Pfizer reports Covid-19 vaccine more than 90% effective in children
The information was released as the US considers opening vaccinations to this age group.
# Mental Health
Warning of ‘tsunami’ of mental health issues among children due to pandemic
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said children will continue to face ‘acute’ mental health challenges related to Covid.
# Vaccines
Pfizer submits data to FDA to authorise Covid vaccine for young children
Pfizer and BioNTech are also trialling their vaccine children under the age of five.
# Covid-19
Taoiseach: 'No issue vaccinating young children, but we must ask if vaccines need to go to others'
Martin said we have to ‘up the level of vaccination in less developed regions’.
# Schools
Philip Nolan: Risk of keeping asymptomatic children in school 'remains low'
Changes to contact tracing rules come into effect on Monday.
# Testing
Number of children aged five to 12 tested for Covid quadruples
A further 1,413 cases of Covid-19 were notified on today.
# Housing Crisis
Lone parents and their children account for more than half of all homeless families
Less than 25% of lone parents reported home-ownership, compared with 70% of the total population.
# Children
Explainer: How schools are handling Covid-19 pressure not long after reopening
Schools reopened their doors to pupils over the last couple of weeks – how have they been dealing with Covid cases?
# Children
Highest Covid-19 rates in children were recorded during school holidays, HSE says
There were 1,000 cases per week on average during school term.
# Vaccines
Union reissues call for unvaccinated pregnant teachers to be allowed work from home
The TUI said this situation is causing “severe stress and anxiety” for affected teachers.
# child vaccinations
'The benefits of vaccination exceed any risk': NIAC's Prof Karina Butler outlines advice to parents
Children aged between 12 to 15 are to be offered a Covid-19 vaccine.
Butler says parents of children with underlying conditions should avail of a Covid vaccine as soon as it is offered
Other parents should consider vaccinating their children knowing 'it is effective at preventing Covid'
Tony Hololan said that vaccinating children is a separate issue to the return of schools
Children aged 12 to 15 at high risk to be prioritised in Covid vaccine rollout
Information campaign to be launched as children aged 12 to 15 set to be offered jabs
# Coronavirus
Children aged 12 to 15 at high risk to be prioritised in Covid vaccine rollout
This will also extend to those who live with people with underlying conditions.
# Explainer
Here is the current guidance on vaccinating children against Covid-19
Niac is expected to issue guidance to the Government and HSE this week.
# Back To School
Minister seeks to 'reassure parents' that a full reopening of schools is planned
Minister Norma Foley said the return of children to the classroom for the new school term is a priority.
# Indoor dining
Government aims to reopen indoor hospitality on 26 July
‘There is a need for personal responsibility, we need to trust people as well,’ said Micheál Martin.
# clarification
HSE clarifies rules on children being brought to vaccine centres
The situation has caused some confusion with some people leaving babies outside centres.
# Allowance
Breastfeeding athletes can bring children to Olympics 'when necessary'
The clarification was welcomed by some athletes as a relief, but US football star Alex Morgan slammed organisers.
# Children
‘I am not a vector’: Oireachtas committee hears from children affected by the pandemic
The Children’s Committee heard from a group of young people on their experiences since March 2020.
# Growing up in Ireland
Growing up in Ireland: Latest results from study give in-depth look at lives of country's nine-year-olds
The new report looks at the lives of young people who were aged nine in 2017/2018.
# Catholic Church
Dublin Archdiocese 'committed to protecting children' despite halving staff at safeguarding service
Five people have been let go from the unit, as part of a wider redundancy programme in the Archdiocese.
# Children
Number of child safety failings in Direct Provision centres, ombudsman report finds
Staff at one centre were found to have not been vetted to work with children.
# Children's shoes
'We got 300 calls today': High demand for children's shoes after they're reclassified as essential
One store has booked in 240 appointments already.
# restrictions
'Her shoes are falling apart': Parents call for clarity on buying children's shoes
Parents whose children wear splints, known as AFOs, have been having particular issues finding suitable shoes.
# Autism
Allegations of department gathering dossiers on children with autism 'extremely concerning', says Paul Reid
Patient confidentiality is one of the cornerstones of the health service, said the HSE boss.
# flu season
120,000 doses of children's flu vaccine destroyed due to low uptake, despite 'heavyweight' promotion campaign
The flu vaccine was free for children in Ireland for the first time in 2020.
RTÉ's news2day: 'The tone of our news is important for children - no jargon or dramatic language'
News2day editors Avril Hoare and Anne-Marie Smyth outline how the team has broken down the tough issues in the last year.
# Donald Trump
Biden wants to undo 'national shame' of child separations at US-Mexico border
An estimated 600 to 700 children remain apart from their families.
# Court Cases
'It's like he didn't exist': Several court cases involving murdered children who can't be named
The Justice Minister said the issue will be resolved “in a matter of weeks”.
# criminality
'Seen as criminals first, children second': 1,000 children in Ireland involved with criminal networks
A new initiative will be piloted at two locations to intervene in situations where children are being drawn into criminality by adults.
# Special Needs
Deputy CMO insists school closures should be 'last resort' only after criticism from special needs teachers
Talks are continuing with unions about the reopening of schools for students with special educational needs.
# Special Needs
Re-opening schools for students with special needs to be prioritised by government, says minister
Four groups, representing 30,00 children, state that remote schooling is not an option for them.
# Creche
Childcare services to remain open but only for vulnerable groups and children of essential workers
The measures will remain in place until at least the end of January.
# Childcare
Explainer: What childcare options are available in Level 5 and who gets priority?
The government has asked parents who are not essential workers to keep their children at home.
State-funded ECCE pre-school programme to remain closed for a week, other childcare to open Monday
Creches and childminders can continue to operate as planned.