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This afternoon.




Ah now.

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Bolette Soborg, of the Danish health Authority

This afternoon.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Via AFP:

Denmark, which in February lifted all curbs related to the coronavirus pandemic, said today it was suspending its widespread Covid-19 vaccination campaign.

Noting that the epidemic was under control and that vaccination levels were high, the Danish Health Authority said the country was in a “good position”.

“Therefore, we are winding down the mass vaccination programme against Covid-19,” said Bolette Soborg, director of the authority’s department of infectious diseases.

Around 81% of Denmark’s 5.8 million inhabitants have received two doses of the vaccine and 61.6% have also received a booster.

While invitations for vaccinations would no longer be issued after May 15, health officials anticipate that vaccinations would resume after the summer.

“We plan to reopen the vaccination programme in the autumn. This will be preceded by a thorough professional assessment of who and when to vaccinate and with which vaccines,” Soberg said.

Denmark suspends Covid vaccination campaign (i24)




France’s top tennis player Gael Monfils (left) and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in 2020

This morning.

Writing on Twitter, Monfils said:

“Hello everyone, I wanted to give you some news following my recent withdrawals from tournaments. I suffered a small health glitch (probably following my third dose of vaccine).

“On the advice of my doctor, I decided to take some time to rest. So unfortunately I will not be able to play the Davis Cup next week. I hope to be able to return in the United States.”


He is the second French player to be forced off court after a suspected adverse reaction to a coronavirus vaccine. Jeremy Chardy, now ranked 138, has not played a match since the U.S. Open last summer.

Novak Djokovic, who is playing his first tournament of the season in Dubai this week, is the only unvaccinated player in the men’s top 100.

French No 1 Tennis Player Blames Covid Booster For Withdrawal From Davis Cup (Daily Sceptic)


This morning.

You think it’s all over?

Via The Irish Times:

With 95 per cent of adults in Ireland having received two Covid-19 vaccine doses, and more than two-thirds having had a booster, the flow of people passing through the country’s vaccination centres has slowed to a trickle. A system that had built up enough capacity to provide more than 500,000 jabs in one week in December is now called on to administer just a few thousand every week.

The success of that programme, which gave Ireland one of the world’s highest vaccination rates, has saved many lives, spared countless others from serious illness and was a key factor in enabling the Government to lift most public health restrictions last month.

Yet, at home and abroad, it is vital that the focus remain on vaccines. The potential for the emergence of new Covid variants and the likelihood that further boosters may be required means that states must maintain stocks and rollout infrastructure for rapid use.

Efforts to reach communities that have so far resisted vaccination must continue, and the misinformation spread by Covid deniers and conspiracy theorists must be fought with facts, reassurance and scientific rigour.

Seem to be taking it well.

Maintaining Momentum (Irish Times)



German international footballer Thomas Müller urges a discussion about the health of footballers.


Alexandros Lampis

Last night.

Via The Sun:

A Greek footballer has died aged just 21 after a cardiac arrest during a match with no defibrillator or ambulance at the stadium.

Alexandros Lampis was turning out for third-tier side Ilioupoli.

But with just five minutes on the clock, reports in his homeland say the attacking midfielder collapsed.

Tragically, there was no way to resuscitate him on the pitch and the ambulance did not arrive at the ground for another 20 minutes.

Alexandros Lampis dead at 21: Greek footballer dies after cardiac arrest with no defibrillator or ambulance at stadium (The Sun)



“The two doses, they’re not enough for omicron. The third dose of the current vaccine is providing quite good protection against deaths, and decent protection against hospitalisations.”

“We have seen with a second dose very clearly that the first thing that we lost was the protection against infections.

“But then two months later, what used to be very strong in hospitalisation also went down. And I think this is what everybody’s worried about.

“The question mark, it is how long that protection lasts with the third dose…”

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla


Pfizer CEO says two Covid vaccine doses aren’t ‘enough for omicron’ (CNBC)

HSE CEO Paul Reid at the HSE covid briefing this afternoon

This afternoon.

Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin.

HSE CEO Paul Reid has said vaccinations will begin for children that are ‘high risk’ aged 5 to 11 next week.

More as we get it.

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Queues for the booster shot at the Croke Park vaccination centre

This morning.

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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Booster queue at Croke Park vaccination centre last week

This afternoon.

Dáil Eireann.

The Taoiseach has told the Dáil that tens of thousands of people are not turning up for booster vaccines.

Micheál Martin revealed that in the week beginning 22 November, some 208,000 vaccine appointments were offered and just 80,000 people tuned up.

He added that last week 180, 000 booster appointments were available and only 93,000 attended.

However, it is not clear if some of those missed appointments were double bookings.

The Taoiseach said the same urgency does not seem be there around boosters compared to earlier vaccines.

Thousands of missed vaccine booster appointments, Taoiseach tells Dáil (RTÉ)


Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly

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