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Spring Booster Vaccination Programme for COVID-19 Set to Launch Monday

Dublin: The HSE’s Covid-19 Spring Booster Vaccination Programme is set to commence on Monday across Ireland, offering Covid-19 vaccines through GPs and pharmacists.

With the goal of concluding this booster programme by the end of May, the government emphasises the importance of ensuring safety through widespread vaccination. Those recommended for the free COVID-19 vaccine, including individuals aged 80 and above, five-year-olds with compromised immune systems, the elderly, and seniors in residential care facilities, are eligible for the booster dose.

Vaccination teams from the HSE will administer doses to residents in care facilities, such as nursing homes, as well as to those living independently. As immunity from COVID vaccines wanes over time, particularly in older populations, Dr. Lucy Jessop, Director of the HSE National Immunisation Office, underscores the necessity of these booster shots. Not only do they fortify defences against severe illness, but they also enhance immunity against COVID infection.

For parents of eligible children aged five to 11, direct communication from the HSE will facilitate their participation in vaccine clinics. Additionally, individuals aged 70 to 79 are encouraged to consult with their healthcare providers, including GPs and pharmacists, for further information on receiving the vaccine.

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