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# Vaccines

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# factcheck
Debunked: London Police are not criminally investigating COVID-19 vaccines
Despite accusations of murder, terrorism, genocide, and torture, no credible evidence was given.
This month
January 2023
# House Of Commons
Brexiteer MP Andrew Bridgen stripped of Tory whip for comparing vaccines to Holocaust
Fellow Tories as well as Holocaust remembrance groups have slammed Bridgen’s remarks on Covid-19 vaccines.
# Vaccines
Over 70% of workforce have received Covid vaccine and at least one booster, latest data shows
61% of employees have a first booster and 13% of employees in the state had a second booster.
# damar hamlin
Debunked: Claims that an NFL player collapsed due to a Covid-19 vaccine are completely unfounded
Multiple social media posts have incorrectly claimed that Hamlin’s collapse was caused by a Covid-19 vaccine.
Last year
2022
# factcheck
Debunked: Self-proclaimed ‘inventor’ of mRNA vaccines makes nonsense claims about spike proteins
A COVID-19 infection can unleash literally billions of virions inside the body, each with dozens of spike proteins on their surface.
# factcheck
Debunked: No evidence that a rise in serious Strep A cases is caused by Covid or flu vaccines
More people reported having Caesarean sections shortly after receiving a vaccine than Strep A infections
# factcheck
Debunked: Conspiracy theory 'documentary' repeats long-disproven claims about Covid vaccines
‘Died Suddenly’ is heavy on gruesome medical imagery, but light on facts
# New Zealand
NZ court takes custody of ill baby whose parents refused potential vaccinated blood transfusion
The child is now under the medical “guardianship of the Court” until “completion of his surgery” and recovery.
'Zero-covid' protests are spreading in China but why is the country persisting with the policy?
China the only major country still pursuing zero covid, a policy that includes snap lockdowns and lengthy quarantines.
# factcheck
Debunk: No, it isn’t true that vaccines have little effect on COVID-19 transmission
Piers Morgan’s claim is contradicted by numerous studies
# two in one
Pfizer-BioNTech to test combined Covid and flu vaccine
Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech developed one of the most widely used vaccines to combat Covid-19.
# Winter
Over 600k avail of flu vaccines as Covid cases dip
Meanwhile, the Department has purchased 15,000 monkeypox vaccines.
# Cholera
Shortage of cholera vaccines worldwide forces move to one-dose strategy
29 countries had reported cholera cases so far this year.
# monkeypox
All available appointment for monkeypox vaccine booked, hours after online registration opens
The HSE said it will be making further appointments available at the start of next month.
# Jabs
European Medicines Agency approves first Omicron-specific Covid vaccines
The so-called “bivalent” vaccines protect against the earlier BA.1 strain of Omicron, but do not target the latest strains.
# Second booster
People aged 12-49 with long-term conditions can now get another Covid vaccine booster dose
Healthcare workers are also now being invited to book their next booster.
# mrna
Moderna sues Pfizer and BioNTech over Covid-19 vaccine patents
The company filed patent infringement lawsuits in both US federal court and a German court.
# Vaccines
Donnelly announces monkeypox advisory group headed by CMO
Last month the World Health Organization announced that the outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
# Booster Vaccines
Pregnant women and people over 60 can now book a second Covid booster
The HSE said appointments will be available from Monday.
# monkeypox
Vaccination advice for groups most at risk of monkeypox to be issued soon
It follows calls to speed up the rollout of the vaccine to at-risk groups.
# monkeypox
Monkeypox: Use of smallpox vaccine to be extended to groups at high risk of exposure
The current outbreak of the virus was deemed a public health emergency by the WHO over the weekend.
# Outbreak
EU medicines agency recommends use of smallpox vaccine against monkeypox
Monkeypox resembles smallpox but is less dangerous and contagious.
# Outbreak
Recent decline in childhood vaccinations reaching crisis point, UN says
24.7 million children missed their first dose of the measles vaccine, while 3.5 million missed the first vaccine for HPV.
# Coronavirus
Immunologist says boosters must be used 'at the right time' to protect against winter Covid wave
Professor Christine Loscher told The Journal that there needs to be a “coordinated response” to deal with future waves of the virus.
# monkeypox
Ireland to receive more monkeypox vaccines
There have been 39 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Ireland.
# monkeypox
EU reviewing smallpox vaccine for use against monkeypox
Monkeypox is related to smallpox, but has far less severe symptoms.
# Change Of Mind
Austria to scrap controversial mandatory Covid vaccination
Current official figures show that 62% of the Austrian population currently have a valid vaccination certificate.
# jabs for the boys
Chickenpox jab could be added to childhood immunisation schedule
HIQA is to publish an assessment of such a move on the request of the Department of Health.
# jabs for the boys
NIAC considering extending second Covid booster to under-65s
The second booster shot is currently being offered to people over 65 and people who are immunosuppressed.
# Hit Me With Your Best Shot
US approves two Covid vaccines for children as young as six months
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must now also recommend the vaccines before they are put into use in the US.
# Stigma
WHO to create new name for monkeypox to avoid discrimination
As of 8 June there were a total of 9 confirmed cases here.
# monkeypox
HSE to take delivery of vaccines to combat monkeypox and may roll out vaccination programme
Reid said Ireland had secured an order of vaccines for monkeypox and these would be delivered “shortly”.
Voices
Opinion: Shareholders could exert greater influence over global access to Covid-19 vaccines
Prof Aisling McMahon and Dr Edana Richardson argue that shareholders in pharma have the power to demand better from companies.
# Coronavirus
Appointments for second Covid-19 booster vaccines to begin from today
It follows guidance from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC).
# Vaccines
Germany may have to destroy millions of out-of-date Covid shots
The UN-backed programme to distribute vaccine to poorer countries, COVAX, isn’t currently accepting donations, said spokesman.
Austria suspends law making Covid vaccines mandatory for all adults
The law took effect in February and called for fines up to €3,600 from mid-March for those who do not comply.
# Vaccines
European Medicines Agency recommends Pfizer booster for children over 12
It also announced that it has recommended the approval of the Spikevax vaccine for children aged between six and 11.
# Vaccines
No booster for high-risk teens major source of concern as mask mandate lifts, family says
Boosters have been approved for teenagers in some other countries, but not yet in Ireland.
# factcheck
FactCheck: A claim that Covid -19 vaccines don’t stop transmission of the virus is misleading
A now suspended account on Twitter made the claim, but does it have any truth to it?
# Protest
New Zealand virus cases spike as anti-vaccine protesters claim win
Health authorities reported 1,160 new coronavirus cases, the most since the pandemic began.