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Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly arrives for a cabinet meeting to discuss covid restrictions.
Via Irish Examiner:
Mr Donnelly said he expects the use of Covid-19 booster vaccines to be extended significantly as the evidence for boosters is “incredibly strong”.
In addition to extending boosters to those aged 50 to 59, shots are also to be approved for thousands of people under the age of 50 who have underlying conditions.
Mr Donnelly said that it is “all hands on deck” in rolling out the booster shots.
The meeting of the Cabinet’s Covid sub-committee heard significant criticism of the HSE from ministers over delays in the booster campaign, and Defence Minister Simon Coveney offered the use of the army to aid in the battle against the current surge.
1.3 million people are currently getting a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. We're continuing to examine booster doses for other groups, such as those with underlying conditions and those under 60. Boosters are one part of our response. #ForUsAllpic.twitter.com/1VAfdlFiB7
This man says we’re the “envy of the world” with our Covid-19 vaccine programme”
If being the envy of the world results in us having one of the highest Covid-19 incidence rates in Europe Id rather not.
If there were a darker shade of red available then Ireland would be it. #COVIDhttps://t.co/O4U5M2Dtsfpic.twitter.com/gFwMMhBnv2
The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has told the Dáil that “we have to be concerned that things will deteriorate further” as he proposed extending emergency legislation providing for face masks, Covid passes, enforcement powers and fixed penalty notices.
The laws were due to expire on 9 November.
Mr Donnelly proposed extending them for another three months until 9 February.
He said he could not commit with certainty what the trajectory of the disease would be.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly at the launch of the Sláintecare Healthy Communities Programme, a €13m initiative to ‘support increased health and wellbeing services to 19 communities in Ireland’.
…Mr Donnelly said that Government figures show that one in three pubs and restaurants are not correctly checking for Covid passes at the door.
He said that this is “not acceptable” and that this cohort needs to “step up” during the winter.
“The survey results I have and the enforcement data we have both say the same thing, that about two in every three pubs or restaurants are enforcing and that one in three is not. That is not OK, it is not acceptable for that one in three,” he told reporters.
From top: Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly getting his first jab last June; the Minister at the opening of Rathdrum Primary Care Centre, county Wicklow last Monday
Amid a ”sudden and unexpected* change” in the ‘behaviour’ of the Covid-19 virus that is causing “alarm” among senior public health officials and may see the lifting of restrictions postponed….
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly is self-isolating after experiencing mild symptoms of Covid-19.
He was forced to postpone his Budget press conference due at the Department of Health this morning where he was scheduled to appear before members of the media.
The Department of Health said today he “has experienced mild symptoms of Covid-19.
“As per public health advice, Minister Donnelly immediately self-isolated and arranged a test which has returned a not-detected result.
“Minister Donnelly will continue to follow the public health advice (including working from home) and encourages anyone who experiences symptoms of Covid-19 to self-isolate and get tested straight away.”
The minister is fully vaccinated against Covid-19 …
It’s sour grapes 🍇 All those who are vaccinated took it to go on holidays, done out and drink in pubs. The stimulus was not solely health based. So now they need bang for their buck. Not one of them is saying the unvaccinated should be punished because they spread covid! No one!
Minister for Health Stepehen Donnelly arrives at Dublin Castle this morning
Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has hinted face masks may remain as part of “sector specific measures” past October 22, and not just for public transport, shops and hospitals.
Despite Cabinet ministers signing off earlier this year on masks only remaining in those settings, Mr Donnelly opened the door to masks remaining in other situations as part of “sector specific measures”.
“The intention is that there will be continuing requirements in relation to mask wearing in a range of settings including healthcare settings, indoor retail and on public transport,” he said.
“Face masks may also continue to be needed to be worn in certain environments as part of sector specific measures to ensure a safe environment.”