02 Dec 2021

Covid booster approved for everyone over 60

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee has approved the use of booster Covid-19 vaccines for people over 60.

It was confirmed at a meeting with ministers late last night.

Up to now only those over 80 years or over 65s in nursing homes have been able to avail of a third jab.

The extra dose will be administered no sooner than five months after the previous dose and the roll out is expected to begin immediately.

The Cabinet is expected to accept advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) that it is too soon to declare the pandemic effectively over in Ireland. An announcement from An Taoiseach Michael Martin is expected today.

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