Care home residents are to be offered a second Covid booster shot from Monday

Care home residents are said to be among the first to be offered a second Covid-19 booster shot from Monday.

Rollout begins early next week and is expected to last three weeks, Tadhg Daly, chief executive of Nursing Homes Ireland, confirmed today.

Mr Daly has called for the second booster shot to increase protection for residents.

It has now been more than six months since most nursing home residents received their first booster shot.

Covid-19 outbreaks have continued in this wave in a significant number of care homes, although the scale of serious illness has been very small.

The move is part of a broader rollout of a second refresher that is expected to kickstart HSE following recommendations from the National Immunization Advisory Committee (NIAC) earlier this month.

It recommended a second booster dose for people over the age of 65 and for very immunocompromised people over the age of 12.

It can be given for six months from the first booster dose.

Niac also recommended offering a third dose to children ages 5 to 11 to complete their first find.

It is still being examined when a second booster vaccination could be offered to the general public.

The HSE said this week around 890,000 people have yet to get their first booster shot and around 102,000 are waiting for the gap between infections to pass. Care home residents are to be offered a second Covid booster shot from Monday

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