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# Covid-19 testing

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Covid-19 testing for general population set to end this autumn
The Government accepted the advice from Interim Chief Medical Officer Professor Breda Smyth.
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Omicron is 'running rife in our communities' but has not yet peaked, HSE boss says
Paul Reid said the HSE is continuing to ramp up capacity for PCR testing as demand increases.
Paul Reid said it appears cases of Omicron may have peaked in some other countries but not yet in Ireland
He said the HSE is continuing to ramp up capacity for PCR testing as demand increases
Children aged five to 11 who are at high risk from Covid-19, or live with someone high risk, can now be registered for a vaccine
Vaccine registration opens for high-risk children aged 5 to 11
Third additional Covid test centre this week to open in Swords tomorrow
The HSE confirmed that it expects the three new centres will continue to operate beyond this week.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin 'extremely concerned' at rise in cases of Covid-19
The Taoiseach indicated that antigen tests are set to be pushed for more regular use in the coming months as a result.
Over €480 million spent on Covid-19 tests provided free of charge since start of pandemic
A report by
Lauren Boland
The HSE has purchased two million “I got my Covid-19 vaccine” badges at a cost of €320,000.
€217 million has been spent on providing free PCR tests this year up to August, Lauren Boland reports.
The HSE has purchased two million “I got my Covid-19 vaccine” badges and spent €8,800 on photo backdrops.
It is "very pleased" with the number of people sharing photos online after they receive a vaccine.
CMO: Reimposing Covid-19 restrictions 'cannot be ruled out' in the future
No plans to change current testing regime, but contact screening to be reduced in longer-term
Dáil committee calls on Holohan to explain opposition to antigen tests
NPHET has objected to the use of the rapid tests among the general public.
Online bookings for Covid-19 tests piloted at centres in Dublin and Donegal
The HSE is trialling an online booking system for tests from today.
Eight more temporary walk-in test centres, including two in Donegal, to open
Donegal has experienced a rise in cases in recent weeks.
HSE to temporarily open walk-in Covid-19 test centres in seven more towns
More than 50,000 people have been tested in the existing walk-in centres.
FactCheck: Have manufacturers provided 'incomplete testing data' meaning their vaccines won't be approved?
False claims have spread on social media about Covid-19 testing and vaccination.
CMO says travel home to spend time with family for Christmas is considered 'non-essential'
Earlier the Tánasite told the Dáil that it is “too soon” for people to book flights home to spend Christmas in Ireland.
HSE bosses confident of three-day turnaround on testing in 90% of positive cases by Monday
HSE CEO Paul Reid was speaking at a briefing on Covid-19 testing and contact tracing at UCD this morning.
Taoiseach hopes it will be possible for grandparents to visit and hug their grandchildren over the summer
Leo Varadkar said a limited easing of restrictions could begin on Monday.