50 plus invited for second Covid-19 booster vaccine

A second Covid-19 booster shot can now be scheduled for anyone over 50.

Vaccinations are administered in vaccination centers, as well as through participating GP surgeries and pharmacies. Appointments can be arranged starting today on the website of the Health Service Executive.

Additionally, pregnant women who are beyond 16 weeks along are urged to sign up for their next booster. Children aged 5-11 who are immunocompromised, and who are due their first booster, will be asked to register for this soon.

Beginning the following week, those with long-term health conditions between the ages of 12 and 49 will receive their second booster shot, and healthcare workers will soon receive the same shot.

In a statement, the HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Colm Henry encouraged people who have not yet received a jab to do so.

“If you haven’t had your primary vaccination, it’s not too late,” he said.

“You can still access the information through the HSE website and book an appointment.

“Keeping up to date with your vaccines will give you the best protection from serious illness and increase immunity against infection from Covid-19.”

The HSE has also urged people who have not yet received a primary Covid-19 vaccine dose to consider attending one of the walk-in clinics for dose one or dose two of the vaccine or to register for an appointment.

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