Uptake of second Covid-19 booster shots is highest among those over 65 but is declining with age, new figures show.
Figures up to November 2 show that 74 per cent of those over 65 have received a second booster, but in the 50 to 64 age group the figure is 28 per cent.
It was 13 per cent for healthcare workers, although a significant number may have previously used it for reasons of age.
The figures show good coverage for primary vaccination, ranging from 96 percent in those over 65 to 89 percent in those aged 50 to 64 and 58 percent in those aged 18 to 29.
Almost one in four over 65s has received a third booster shot, restricted to certain groups.
It comes as Ireland has slipped from its place at the top of the European rankings, which it held for much of 2021 when Covid-19 vaccines were first rolled out.
Among the over-18s, it ranks fifth in terms of taking up initial refresher courses. Italy comes first, followed by Malta, Portugal and Denmark.
Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly said yesterday that 386,000 doses have been given since early October and 600,000 have been given since August 15 – when eligibility for a second booster shot was extended to those over 50.
Meanwhile, Pfizer and BioNTech are moving forward with Phase 1 trials of the first combined vaccine against Covid-19 and influenza.
By combining both indications in one vaccine approach, it aims to provide individuals with an efficient way to receive immunization against two serious respiratory diseases with evolving viruses that require vaccine adaptation.
It uses the same mRNA technology used in Covid-19 vaccines.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/take-up-of-second-covid-booster-vaccine-drops-with-age-42126346.html Second Covid booster vaccine uptake falls with age