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# Vaccines

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Ireland to receive more monkeypox vaccines
There have been 39 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Ireland.
EU reviewing smallpox vaccine for use against monkeypox
Monkeypox is related to smallpox, but has far less severe symptoms.
Austria to scrap controversial mandatory Covid vaccination
Current official figures show that 62% of the Austrian population currently have a valid vaccination certificate.
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.
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.
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.
WHO to create new name for monkeypox to avoid discrimination
As of 8 June there were a total of 9 confirmed cases here.
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”.
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.
Appointments for second Covid-19 booster vaccines to begin from today
It follows guidance from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC).
Germany may have to destroy millions of out-of-date Covid shots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.
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.
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: 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?
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.
HSE updates online advice for boosted close contacts, detailing additional restrictions
Although close contacts in this situation are no longer required to restrict their movements, they are advised to follow a number of other measures to limit the spread of Covid-19.
State of emergency declared in Ottawa due to anti-vaccine mandate convoy
Thousands of protesters descended in Ottawa again at the weekend.
Austrian president signs law making Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for all adults
Those holding out can face fines of up to €3,600 after mid-March.
Study claims reluctance to get Covid-19 vaccine may be linked to childhood trauma
The UK study found people who suffer in childhood are also least likely to trust NHS information.
Debunked: No, the CDC is not selling $4.6 billion worth of vaccines each year
The CDC is the national public health agency in the United States.
Sweden opts against recommending Covid vaccines for children aged five to 11
The decision could be reassessed if the health situation changes, the authorities said.
Hundreds of hospital staff, including healthcare workers, not vaccinated against Covid-19
Those unvaccinated include nurses, healthcare assistants and doctors.
Almost 300 staff were considered 'at risk' to patients because of their vaccine status last November, Stephen McDermott writes.
Nurses, healthcare assistants, therapists and a non-consultant hospital doctor among those unvaccinated.
Mandatory vaccination is not currently Government policy and the HSE redeploys staff it deems to be at risk to patients.
Phased reopening on the cards from February - but only if ICU numbers remain stable
Number of patients with Covid in hospital but admitted for other reasons close to 30% - CMO
Covid placentitis: Four more stillbirths and two babies' deaths reported in Ireland
The deaths occurred from October to December 2021.
Italy to introduce mandatory Covid vaccination for over 50s
Out of Italy’s 59 million people, 28 million are over the age of 50.
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Booster vaccines to be available for all over-16s from Sunday
The group is the final adult age group being green lit for boosters.
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
'Sinister': Anti-lockdown groups sharing database of school principals’ contact details
Groups opposed to Covid measures are urging people to contact principals with questions about mask mandates and vaccines.
'We can get through Omicron and overcome it' - Taoiseach
All restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres must close at 8pm until 30 January.
All restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres must close at 8pm until 30 January
There is speculation that further restrictions could be introduced in the coming weeks
The Taoiseach has said that data on Omicron will be the "key consideration" around restrictions
EU health watchdog approves fifth Covid vaccine
New Covid restrictions come into effect in Ireland as almost 40% of over-18's receive booster
Booster interval for people who have had Covid to be cut from six months to three months
The Covid-19 booster vaccine rollout is being accelerated due to the Omicron variant.
Opinion: To solve Covid-19 vaccine inequity Ireland should support the TRIPS waiver
Two legal experts say there is no legal or moral reason why the waver on vaccine patents cannot be encouraged.
Q&A: Who is eligible for a Covid-19 booster and when will I get mine?
Here’s what you need to know about the Covid-19 booster rollout programme.
People aged 40-49 to be offered Covid boosters from 27 December, three weeks ahead of schedule
50,000 Covid-19 vaccines were administered yesterday – a daily record.
People aged 40-49 will be offered boosters from 27 December - three weeks ahead of the initial plan
Vaccinations for children aged 5-11 will commence in paediatric hospitals next week
50,000 Covid-19 boosters were administered yesterday - a daily record, Órla Ryan reports
GP: When a super-spreadable virus meets a super-spreader event like Christmas we need to pause
Around 1.75 million people will have received a booster by Christmas, says Tánaiste
It is understood that Leo Varadkar made the comment at tonight’s Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting.
HSE says GPs can offer booster shots to over 16s
However, they have been told to continue to prioritise older and more vulnerable patients.
Ireland to donate up to three million vaccines to Covax initiative
The Minister for Health made the announcement today.
EU watchdog says Omicron 'mostly mild' as WHO warns on vaccine hoarding
The European Medicines Agency also said that early data suggested the new variant is more infectious than Delta.
NIAC recommends all children aged 5 to 11 should be offered Covid vaccine
The Pfizer vaccine was first recommended for children between 5-11 in late November
The dose recommended is lower than for children aged 12 and older.
NIAC recommended children with underlying conditions should receive a vaccine in parallel with cohorts currently being boosted.
All children 5-11 to be offered vaccine in parallel with boosters for under-40s.
People who received a J&J vaccine should get a booster after three months, NIAC recommends
HSE flags 'no show' rates of 25% to 50% for booster jab appointments
Reader Q&A: Your questions on Covid-19 vaccine boosters answered
The Covid-19 booster vaccine rollout is ongoing in Ireland at the moment.
Readers sent in dozens of questions about booster vaccines and the rollout in Ireland.
Here, we've done our best to answer your queries and concerns.
The Covid-19 booster vaccine rollout is ongoing in Ireland at the moment.
WHO experts expect details of Omicron transmission ‘within days’
Omicron Covid variant detected in Ireland from travel but 'no evidence yet' of community transmission
The Explainer: Does global vaccine inequality put us at risk of new Covid variants?
Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin, Kim Roberts, and Dimitri Eynikel from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ‘Access’ campaign join us on the podcast this week.