Children in 5 – 11 age group to be offered Covid vaccine from Saturday

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All kids aged 5 to 11 years will be offered a main dose of Covid-19 vaccine from Saturday.

In a joint assertion on Friday, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan and chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Council Prof Karina Butler inspired mother and father and guardians to carry their kids for vaccination.

(*11*) for youngsters in this age group who’ve underlying well being circumstances or who stay with somebody at larger threat from Covid had already begun however the programme now opens to all in this age cohort.

Dr Holohan mentioned that whereas we all know most kids in the 5 – 11 age group will expertise a really delicate type of this illness, a small few could develop into severely in poor health.

“Vaccines are doing an excellent job of preventing severe illness and disease in those who are fully vaccinated. This is good news. Getting your child vaccinated is a decision between you and your child. I encourage all parents and guardians to engage with the trusted health advice available on the HSE website, and with your own family clinician if you have any concerns about bringing your child for this vaccine,” he mentioned.

(*5*)Genuine issues

Prof Butler mentioned many mother and father and guardians can have real issues and questions on Covid-19 vaccination for his or her kids. “However, when the available evidence relating to the risk Covid-19 can pose to some children, as well as the significant negative impact on the lives of all of them, particularly the educational and social lives of our children, are considered, the benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks,” she mentioned.

Meanwhile as numerous sectors battle with staffing points due to the virus, Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) mentioned a current snapshot survey of 100 of its members discovered 8 per cent of workers are unavailable to work due to Covid-19.

Tadhg Daly, NHI chief govt, mentioned workers have endured a particularly troublesome two years and really extreme pressures proceed to current.

Irish Rail mentioned whereas there was an rising variety of workers absent due to the virus, the “vast majority of services” have continued throughout the community.

Virtually all companies – aside from 4 on Saturday – will run over the weekend, a spokesman mentioned, whereas 96 per cent of companies will run on Monday and Tuesday.

Dublin Bus mentioned it’s presently working a full timetable. However, due to larger than normal ranges of worker absence, there are “minor disruptions to a limited number of our timetabled services”.

An Post mentioned its companies are underneath stress however they’re in “good shape” going into the weekend, and can be prioritising the supply of antigen exams.

(*5*)Respirator masks

Separately healthcare employees caring for residents of nursing properties and different care centres have been suggested to put on respirator masks, underneath new recommendation from the Health Service Executive.

New pointers to take impact from January seventeenth say healthcare employees ought to put on a respirator masks comparable to an FFP2 masks, slightly than a disposable surgical masks for all resident care exercise.

They can put on surgical masks when interacting with colleagues in settings apart from caring for residents, in accordance to the recommendation from the HSE’s well being safety surveillance centre.

Residents who contract Covid and are absolutely vaccinated, together with a booster, can have to self-isolate for 10 days, down from 14 days, underneath a separate modified advisable by the surveillance centre.

(*5*)Residential settings

The self-isolation interval for vaccinated members of most people was decreased from 14 days to 10 days final 12 months, however the longer interval was stored for residential settings. With the self-isolation interval for the general public minimize additional to seven days in the final month, it has now been determined to cut back the interval to 10 days in residential settings.

The change additionally applies to residents who’re vaccinated however unable to get a booster shot due to current an infection.

The variety of deaths in Northern Ireland linked to Covid-19 has now topped 4,000. Another 18 fatalities had been recorded in the week from December twenty fifth to the thirty first, in accordance to knowledge compiled by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, bringing complete deaths in the pandemic to 4,024.

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