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# Vaccine

This month
December 2023
‘A missed opportunity’: Covid boosters available to millions but HSE advice causes confusion
People age 18 to 49 are not being offered the booster but can request it – however, some are being turned down when they do.
Last month
November 2023
Dr Catherine Conlon: Respiratory illness clusters in China - what is it and what are the risks?
The public health doctor looks at the concerns over an increase in respiratory illness in children in northern China.
This year
Public encouraged to get Covid-19 and flu vaccines ahead of winter virus season ‘peak’
The Chief Medical Officer has reminded eligible persons to boost their protection before the respiratory virus season reaches its peak.
HPV vaccine 'significantly' reduces signs of pre-cancer in young women, study shows
Cervical cancer, though preventable, remains one of the most common cancers.
Nobel Prize for medicine awarded to scientists behind Covid-19 mRNA vaccines
Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman’s discoveries enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines.
Poll: Will you get a Covid-19 booster vaccine this autumn/winter?
The HSE launched its autumn winter vaccination programme today.
INMO head: Action needed now to prevent future Covid-19 surge
The comments come after the Taoiseach announced that Ireland was experiencing a new wave of the virus.
Debunked: No, there hasn't been a 21% rise in deaths due to the Covid-19 vaccine
A clip of the artist Kevin Sharkey has been shared widely on social media apps in recent weeks.
Last year
Debunked: Call to take mRNA vaccines off the market relies on dodgy death data
A group, chaired by a US senator, couldn’t think of another explanation for deaths during the pandemic.
Galway med-tech firm behind groundbreaking vaccine to create 500 new jobs
The Galway-based firm created a vaccine by inhaler that is now being used in China’s booster programme.
Online registration portal opens for HPV vaccine catch-up programme named after Laura Brennan
Laura Brennan campaigned higher uptake of the HPV vaccine before her death in 2019.
EU backs new Omicron vaccines for first jabs, and not just for boosters
The vaccines are currently only authorised as boosters but could now be used for people’s first vaccinations.
People aged 50 and over can now get their Covid-19 booster vaccine
From today, this age group can book their booster appointment.
Monkeypox: Around 600 people to receive vaccine during first phase of wider rollout
Services will contact this group in the coming days and the HSE aims to deliver two doses 28 days apart.
EU approves smallpox vaccine for use against monkeypox
Imvanex has been approved in the EU since 2013 for the prevention of smallpox.
EU medicines agency recommends use of smallpox vaccine against monkeypox
Monkeypox resembles smallpox but is less dangerous and contagious.
Covid vaccines saved 20 million lives in first year, study finds
Covid has officially killed more than 6.3 million people globally.
EU buys 110,000 vaccine doses against monkeypox
The jabs are authorised for use against smallpox, but officials say they will also work against the monkeypox virus too.
Survey shows 1 in 10 people in Ireland blamed Covid-19 symptoms on 5G radiation
Young people, religious people, and those with fewer educational qualifications were the most likely to believe this.
UAE becomes first Gulf country to announce monkeypox case, further cases in Europe and UK
Transmission of monkeypox occurs through close, sustained skin-to-skin contact with someone who has an active rash.
HSE vaccine lead: 'Plans in development for autumn booster as well as winter emergencies'
The HSE’s Damien McCallion gave The Journal’s Coronavirus Newsletter an insight into the next stages of the vaccine rollout.
US drug regulator limits use of J&J Covid vaccine
The single shot vaccine is less protective than those developed by Pfizer and Moderna.
EU watchdog assesses Moderna vaccine for under-fives
The EMA has so far approved five vaccines for use in the EU.
Boost for unvaccinated NBA star as New York relaxes rules
Kyrie Irving has not played any home games for the Nets this year
Online booking opens for 5-11 year olds as just over one fifth have received Covid vaccine
The HSE said a number of children in this age group had Covid over the Christmas period, but they are now eligible for their jab.
New Zealand anti-vaccine parliament protesters vow to stay 'as long as it takes'
Several hundred protesters have pitched tents and are refusing to leave.
Hundreds march in Dublin calling for end to Covid-19 legislation
Protesters marched from Parnell Square to the GPO this afternoon.
FactCheck: Did a study say anyone who's had a cold is sufficiently protected against Covid-19?
We test claims from Irish website The Liberal that a study implies ‘vaccines were never required to begin with’.
Debunked: No, this politician didn't fake his Covid vaccine booster
Social media claims this photo shows the cap was on the needle, meaning the injection didn’t happen.
Here's What Happened Today: Saturday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
Children aged 5-11 can get the Covid-19 vaccine from today
Health authorities are encouraging parents and guardians to get their children vaccinated.
Melbourne 'maggot-fame hotel' at centre of Djokovic vaccine saga
The nine-time Australian Open champion has been stripped of his entry visa by border control agents.
HSE opens Covid vaccine registration for all children aged 5-11
The HSE said appointments are expected to be offered soon after registration.
All time
Vaccine registration opens for high-risk children aged 5 to 11
Parents can register their child for the vaccine if they have a health condition that puts them at higher risk, or if they live with someone who is at higher risk.
Taoiseach: 'I think we have to approach vaccination of children with sensitivity'
Comprehensive information and guidance will be offered to parents, said Micheál Martin.
EU to set nine-month limit for validity of Covid-19 travel pass
The measure is set to come into force from 1 February if it receives approval from member states.
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.
Closing schools this Friday would be 'sensible', says leading immunology professor
Christine Loscher added that schoolchildren are currently the population’s largest unvaccinated group and will be mixing in coming days.
HSE tells centres to allow boosters after 3-month gap as Cabinet discusses Covid developments
Stephen Donnelly said the Government will assess more measures and scheduling options so more people can get the booster jab.
The new guidance will be in place when the HSE updates its IT system
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the schedule for booster jabs is being revised
Taoiseach Micheál Martin called for more GPs and pharmacists to get involved with the booster rollout
Booster dose gap to be reduced to three months, Health Minister announces
FactCheck: No, the Australian Army didn't forcibly vaccinate Indigenous Australians
The claim caused a protest outside the Australian Embassy in Dublin