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# Vaccine

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2022
# factcheck
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
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.
# Vaccination
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.
# covid-19 vaccine
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.
# booster
People aged 50 and over can now get their Covid-19 booster vaccine
From today, this age group can book their booster appointment.
# Outbreak
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.
# monkeypox
EU approves smallpox vaccine for use against monkeypox
Imvanex has been approved in the EU since 2013 for the prevention of smallpox.
# Outbreak
EU medicines agency recommends use of smallpox vaccine against monkeypox
Monkeypox resembles smallpox but is less dangerous and contagious.
# Lifesaver
Covid vaccines saved 20 million lives in first year, study finds
Covid has officially killed more than 6.3 million people globally.
# monkeypox
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.
# Covid-19
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.
# monkeypox
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.
# Boosters
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.
# Johnson and Johnson
US drug regulator limits use of J&J Covid vaccine
The single shot vaccine is less protective than those developed by Pfizer and Moderna.
# Coronavirus
EU watchdog assesses Moderna vaccine for under-fives
The EMA has so far approved five vaccines for use in the EU.
# available
Boost for unvaccinated NBA star as New York relaxes rules
Kyrie Irving has not played any home games for the Nets this year
# covid19
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.
# vaccine mandates
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.
# Dublin
Hundreds march in Dublin calling for end to Covid-19 legislation
Protesters marched from Parnell Square to the GPO this afternoon.
# factcheck
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
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.
# Albania
Here's What Happened Today: Saturday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# vaccine rollout
Children aged 5-11 can get the Covid-19 vaccine from today
Health authorities are encouraging parents and guardians to get their children vaccinated.
# uncomfortable
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.
# covid19
HSE opens Covid vaccine registration for all children aged 5-11
The HSE said appointments are expected to be offered soon after registration.
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# Covid-19
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.
# Covid-19
Taoiseach: 'I think we have to approach vaccination of children with sensitivity'
Comprehensive information and guidance will be offered to parents, said Micheál Martin.
# covid cert
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.
# booster
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.
# Schools
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.
# booster programme
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
FactCheck: No, the Australian Army didn't forcibly vaccinate Indigenous Australians
The claim caused a protest outside the Australian Embassy in Dublin
# Energy Boost
'It's not down to hesitancy at all': Are people less enthusiastic about boosters?
More than one million booster vaccines have already been administered in Ireland.
There were conflicting messages last week with questions over the public's enthusiasm for boosters standing in contrast to long queues of people forming to get one.
The Taoiseach was among TDs and health officials who indicated that there may be less impetus among people to obtain a booster vaccine compared to the initial rollout.
But long queues in Dublin reflect a wider enthusiasm among the public to get a booster, with official surveys supporting this, Lauren Boland reports.
Govt says it was 'too complicated' to bring in targeted hospitality supports and instead extends EWSS
New Covid measures would lift if Omicron risks don't meet 'worst fears', Minister says
# next phases
People in their 30s and 40s to be offered booster jab this month as roll-out to be accelerated
People in the 50-59 age cohort will start to be offered appointments for the additional dose from today.
All those aged between 30-49 will be offered a third dose of the vaccine before Christmas, reports Christina Finn
People in the 50-59 age cohort will start to be offered appointments for the additional dose from today.
# factcheck
FactCheck: No, Conor McGregor wasn't correct to say vaccines 'have not worked' to stop Covid-19
The MMA athlete-turned-businessman claimed “The vaccines have not worked to stop this whatsoever.”
# Coronavirus
Greece to make Covid jabs compulsory for over 60s from mid-January
Those who don’t comply will face a monthly fine of €100.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why do we need another dose of a Covid vaccine?
Will everyone get a booster vaccine, and how long will booster immunity last?
# vaccine efficacy
Study finds that efficacy of Pfizer vaccine begins to wane after three months
Israel was one of the first countries to roll out a large scale Covid-19 vaccination campaign, but has been battling a resurgence in infections.
# Russia
Vladimir Putin takes experimental nasal vaccine against Covid-19
The Russian president took the shot three days after receiving his booster shot.
# DIGITAL COVID CERT
No plans to change validity of Covid Pass to include the booster jab, says Varadkar
The Tánaiste said he believes more evidence will emerge that the Covid vaccine is a three-dose vaccine.