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PERSONS AGED 55 and older have been encouraged by the HSE to make an appointment for their next COVID-19 booster dose.

Appointments are available from Thursday (today), bookings can be made online at HSE vaccination clinics or by checking with participating GPs and pharmacies.

People who are more than 16 weeks pregnant are also invited to book their next booster at a HSE vaccination centre or from participating GPs and Pharmacies. The HSE and Children’s Health Ireland will shortly be inviting, through their parents, children aged 5-11 years who are immunocompromised and now due to have their first booster, following completion of their primary COVID-19 vaccine course.

From next week, people aged 50-54 will be offered their second booster vaccine and people with long term health conditions will be offered booster vaccines shortly.

HSE Chief Clinical Officer, Dr Colm Henry stated, “Everyone aged over 55 and pregnant women, should now get their next booster dose. We know immunity tends to reduce after a period of months following your last vaccine so this booster will give ongoing protection from serious illness, and increase immunity against infection from COVID-19.”

The HSE also strongly urges 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. For more information on your next COVID-19 booster, visit www.hse.ie/covid19vaccine or call HSELive on 1800 700 700

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