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# 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.
# Covid-19
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.
# Canada
State of emergency declared in Ottawa due to anti-vaccine mandate convoy
Thousands of protesters descended in Ottawa again at the weekend.
# Vaccines
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.
# UK
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
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.
# Vaccines
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.
# Coronavirus
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
# Pregnancy
Covid placentitis: Four more stillbirths and two babies' deaths reported in Ireland
The deaths occurred from October to December 2021.
# Vaccines
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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# Covid-19
Booster vaccines to be available for all over-16s from Sunday
The group is the final adult age group being green lit for boosters.
# pcr tests
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
# Education
'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.
# omicron
'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
# Vaccines
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.
# Questions answered
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.
# Vaccines
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
# booster rollout
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.
# booster programme
HSE says GPs can offer booster shots to over 16s
However, they have been told to continue to prioritise older and more vulnerable patients.
# covid vaccines
Ireland to donate up to three million vaccines to Covax initiative
The Minister for Health made the announcement today.
# European Medicines Agency
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.
# vaccine programme
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
# Vaccines
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
# Podcast
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.
# covid vaccine
Scientists may have identified trigger behind rare AstraZeneca-linked blood clots
Additionally, the UK has approved a Covid drug treatment that makers say works against Omicron.
# Explainer
Pressure grows for patent waiver amid 'Covid vaccine apartheid' - so what's Ireland's position?
A mock funeral will be held outside Leinster House today to protest the Government’s support for EU’s efforts to block the TRIPS waiver.
# covax
Ireland donates 500,000 Covid-19 Janssen vaccines to Nigeria
The vaccination rate in Nigeria is currently below 2%.
# New variant
Netherlands confirms 13 Omicron cases among passengers on flights
The cases emerged from 61 positive cases in passengers on planes from South Africa to Amsterdam.
# Austria
Austrian Chancellor on vaccine mandate plans: 'You don't only have rights, you have obligations'
The country has entered a strict lockdown to combat soaring coronavirus cases.
# Austria
Austria imposing national lockdown for all and making vaccinations mandatory
The lockdown will start from Monday and will be evaluated after 10 days.
The lockdown will start from Monday and will be evaluated after 10 days.
It's planned that Covid-19 vaccinations will be mandatory from 1 February next year.
Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg blamed the unvaccinated for an “attack on the health system”.
# Vaccines
HSE flags 'no show' rates of 25% to 50% for booster jab appointments
CEO Paul Reid said that it is “really important” that people avail of a booster jab
# Amnesty International
Cillian De Gascun and Luke O'Neill among 350 Irish experts asking for Covid-19 vaccine patents to be lifted
Prof Clíona Ní Cheallaigh said the world will continue to face variants of Covid-19 if there is not an equitable distribution of vaccines.
# Lockdown
Austria begins lockdown for those not vaccinated against Covid-19
About 65% of Austria’s almost nine million people are vaccinated.
# Coronavirus
German Covid infection rate soars as Slovakia reintroduces certain lockdown measures
The country has seen more than 201 cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days.
# first time jabs
'It's never too late': HSE says 33,000 first or second doses were delivered last week
An average about 1,800 people a day are registering for a Covid-19 vaccine.
# Vaccines
US gives final approval of Pfizer's Covid vaccine for children aged 5-11
The dosage has been adjusted to 10mg per injection, compared to 30mg for the older age groups.