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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorised a booster dose for young children ages 5 to 11 years old.

Via FDA:

Today, we amended the emergency use authorisation (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, authorizing the use of a single booster dose for administration to individuals 5 through 11 years of age at least five months after completion of a primary series with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

“While it has largely been the case that COVID-19 tends to be less severe in children than adults, the omicron wave has seen more kids getting sick with the disease and being hospitalized, and children may also experience longer term effects, even following initially mild disease,” said FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, M.D.

“Vaccination continues to be the most effective way to prevent COVID-19 and its severe consequences, and it is safe.”

FDA Expands Eligibility for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose to Children 5 through 11 Years (FDA)

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The Taoiseach has said that booster vaccinations against COVID-19 may be needed for people to gain access to the hospitality sector.

When asked if people looking to enter the hospitality sector such as pubs or restaurants will require their boosters, Mr Martin said: ‘In the fullness of time, yes I think well, shorter than that. I think the HSE are now working on including the booster within the vaccination record and cert’.

Booster jabs will soon be needed for hospitality — Taoiseach (Extra.ie)

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Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced that new Digital Covid Certs will be issued by the end of this week to show when people have received their booster vaccine.

The updated Covid Certs will be automatically issued to booster vaccine recipients.

The new EU Regulations for the nine month validity of certs will take effect from February 1st.

Covid Ireland: Minister Stephen Donnelly says new Digital Covid Certs to be issued by end of the week (Irish Mirror)

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Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin arrives for a cabinet meeting.

Via RTE News:

Micheál Martin said they need everyone on board with “all hands on deck ” in relation to the booster rollout, as the new Omicron variant is of “serious concern.”

Speaking on his way in Mr Martin said there is ongoing engagement to get as many GPs and more pharmacies involved in terms of administering vaccines and boosters over the coming days and weeks.

“That is critical in terms of the booster campaign,” he said.

He refused to speculate on possible restrictions and said there is ongoing engagement with public health officials.

All hands on deck needed for booster campaign – Martin (RTÉ)

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Queues for the booster shot at the Croke Park vaccination centre

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Via RTÉ:

A plan for an updated Covid-19 booster programme is due to be published this week in an effort to ensure 1.5 million people have received a third Covid-19 jab by Christmas.

Thousands of people were given Covid-19 booster jabs at walk in HSE vaccination clinics across the country throughout the weekend.

Some had to queue for several hours to avail of the third dose of the vaccine, while other centres had little or no wait times, for those eligible for the jab.

Updated plan to ensure 1.5 million get booster jab by Christmas (RTE)

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HSE CEO Paul Reid at the HSE operational update this afternoon

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Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin.

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Now we can all be fully vaccinated and life will get back to normal.

Thanks, science people.

Earlier: “If They Know It Will Protect Granny And Grandad”

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet at COP26 yesterday

This afternoon.

Via RTÉ News:

As of 8am, there were 493 people in hospital with the virus, down 22 on the same time yesterday.

Of these, 90 were in intensive care units, down one from yesterday.

Mr Martin said the use of antigen testing is increasing and if people “collectively remain cautious we can avoid the need to have a backward return to restrictions”.

The Health Service Executive said it has issued by post 6,976 antigen test kits to people who are close contacts of a confirmed case.

Mr Martin also said he spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, who told him that Israel’s booster campaign had been “very successful and impactful” on the latest wave of the virus there.

Mr Martin said that “no one can guarantee anything”, but the vaccines work and Ireland was in a different position to last year.

Rise in Covid-19 cases ‘very concerning’ – Martin (RTÉ)

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Via Independent.co.uk:

US health officials have announced that they are prepared to offer booster shots of the Moderna and Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines for all Americans beginning the week of 20 September.

“We conclude that a booster shot will be needed to maximize vaccine-induced protection and prolong its durability,” a statement reads.

The timing of the booster shot will be eight months after an individual’s second dose of the vaccine.

“Based on our latest assessment, the current protection against severe disease, hospitalisation, and death could diminish in the months ahead.”

A separate plan is being formed for recipients of the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine.

Covid-19 vaccine booster shots to be offered to all Americans from 20 September (Independent.co.uk)

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Current data does not indicate that Covid-19 booster shots are needed, the World Health Organization has said.

The WHO added that the most vulnerable people worldwide should be fully vaccinated before high-income countries deploy a top-up.

No need for Covid booster jabs for now – WHO (RTÉ)