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# Colm Henry

This year
Over €90m of out-of-date and no longer fit-for-purpose Covid-19 vaccines written off last year
The PAC was told there are 400 HSE buildings are lying unused across the country.
HSE won't resume Covid vaccination programme despite 'more transmissible' new variant
The vaccine booster will not be available until the end of next month, and only for at-risk groups.
HSE clinical chief says asking hospital staff to work across weekends 'not sustainable'
Dr Colm Henry said there were 248 people on trolleys awaiting admission last night.
Last year
Only one visitor and no children: What are visiting restrictions like for hospitals currently?
A report by
Tadgh McNally
Visiting restrictions are decided by individual hospitals based on a risk assessment.
'Too early' to say if Covid-19 vaccines will become regular winter jab, says Henry
The HSE Winter Plan was launched last month.
No Covid-19 discussion at Cabinet as health minister says public health advice has not changed
Public health officials today announced 14,549 new Covid-19 infections.
PCR testing system could be re-opened to all age groups, Colm Henry says
HSE Chief Clinical Officer said that he does not foresee any changes to mask wearing guidelines in the immediate future.
Estimated 15,000 HSE staff out on Covid leave: 'Without derogation we would be in severe trouble'
Anne O’Connor said the HSE has estimated that 12% of its workforce is absent this week, which is “somewhere between 14,000 and 15,000″.
All time
First vaccination clinics for vulnerable children held as hospitals face pressure due to Covid
The number of people in hospital with Covid jumped by 75 overnight.
The number of people in hospital with Covid jumped by 75 overnight.
There were 16,959 positive swabs reported today by the Department of Health
The booster programme hit the milestone of 2,000,000 doses administered.
Omicron is 'running rife in our communities' but has not yet peaked, HSE boss says
New Year parties given go-ahead in England as UK splits over Omicron controls
Those aged 40-49 can get booster shots from tomorrow, a month ahead of schedule
The booster dose should be given at a minimum of a three-month interval from a person’s last dose of a primary Covid-19 vaccine.
Pressure on ICU leading some hospitals to cancel scheduled procedures, says HSE clinical chief
Dr Colm Henry said the hospital system is currently able to cope with the “surge” in Covid-19 cases.
HSE's Dr Colm Henry: 'We’re heading into a difficult winter, there’s no doubt about that'
However, he said situation in the health system is “different” than last year.
Vaccines for 40 to 44-year-olds set to begin in the middle of June
Dr Colm Henry said that supply difficulties mean it is “very hard to be certain” about reaching targets.
Cyber attack will likely cost HSE over €100 million, Paul Reid says
Eight people have died from Covid-19 in the last 12 days, the HSE also confirmed.
HSE won't comment on ransom figure, as other departments take precautions after cyber attack
The Department of Health was impacted by the cyber attack on Friday, but has not been targeted by a fresh attack today.
Hackers have reportedly demanded millions of euro from the HSE, but the exact figure has not been confirmed
The Department of Health was impacted by the cyber attack on Friday, but has not been targeted by a fresh attack today
The HSE has said that the disruption will likely continue 'well into the coming week'
'Safe and steady' progress made as HSE attempts to regain control of IT system
Explainer: What is a ransomware attack and why has the HSE been targeted?
HSE updating guidance to make clear partners can be present 'right throughout labour and birth'
Restrictions remain in place in certain hospitals, however.
HSE pressures maternity hospitals to follow guidelines and allow partners attend
In a letter, Dr Colm Henry suggests that the guidance has not been implemented by some hospitals.
50,000 register for Covid-19 vaccine as GPs ask people not to call for AstraZeneca advice
67 year olds can be registered tomorrow followed by 66 year olds on Sunday and 65 year olds from Monday.
'Misleading' data on outdoors transmission does not reflect all cases associated with outside activities
Behaviours linked to outdoor activities, such as travelling to a match, are not included in figures that have been released, the HSE’s chief clinical officer has said
'Collapse' in cases in hospital staff and care homes 'must be attributed to the vaccine'
The drop is “very difficult” to attribute to the drop in community transmission alone.
'No-one will be left behind' in vaccine rollout plan, Dr Colm Henry says
People aged 70 and over are set to be vaccinated in GP practices and vaccine centres.
Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be used for over 70s 'where practicable and timely'
This follows a recommendation from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee.
Dr Colm Henry: There was a 10-fold increase in people sick with Covid from start of December to January
As of yesterday, there are 1,620 people with Covid-19 in hospital, with 216 in ICU.
Standby list of frontline healthcare workers should be in place for any leftover vaccines, HSE says
A HSE document says “every effort should be made” to ensure vaccines are given to frontline healthcare workers.
'The virus is absolutely rampant': Up to 15,000 people per day referred for tests as Covid surge takes hold
“Everybody is at extremely high risk of catching the virus,” the chief executive of the HSE said.
HSE reporting 'around 100 cases a day' of people with between 20 and 30 close contacts
The health service says Covid-19 is now presenting a “very alarming” challenge.
People who arrived in Ireland from Britain since 8 December under 'enhanced surveillance'
Dr Colm Henry said NPHET will “be looking at enhanced surveillance of these passengers coming in”.
'No doses have disappeared': HSE's Colm Henry rejects claims that some flu vaccines missing
Reports claim the HSE has suspended the distribution of the vaccine after it emerged 600,000 are missing.
Dr Colm Henry: 'Isolation' felt by older people should be considered when lifting Level 5 restrictions
Current restrictions are set to be eased on 1 December.
Concerns over increases in Covid-19 hospitalisations and admissions to ICU
HSE CEO Paul Reid said last night that there were 90 people hospitalised with Covid-19 and 19 in ICU.
INMO: 'Extremely worrying' to see Covid-19 outbreaks in hospitals
The union was responding to reports of a Covid-19 outbreak at Beaumont Hospital.
'Our desire is to lift restrictions on Kildare as quickly as possible': HSE pressed on schools and testing at briefing
On schools, the HSE said today “the risks of keeping schools closed now outweigh the risk of Covid for children”.
Colm Henry says advice is 'clear' that you must restrict movements for 14 days when arriving from non-Green List country
The issue of Phil Hogan was raised as HSE officials addressed an Oireachtas Committee this morning.
'To the four nurses in Ireland...RIP': The Covid-19 Twitter claim that made it to the national airwaves
The story behind one of the most infamous myths of the pandemic.