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People encouraged to top up their protection with flu and covid vaccines

By Irish Pharmacist - 02nd Dec 2023

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has encouraged people to boost their protection against flu and Covid by getting vaccinated.

Speaking as he received his ‘flu vaccine at a community pharmacy, the Minister advised all those eligible to make their appointments with a GP or pharmacist.

The seasonal ‘flu vaccination programme includes a free nasal spray vaccine for children aged two to 12 and an injectable vaccine for all other eligible groups. The nasal spray vaccine is also available to at-risk children aged 13 to 17.

People aged 50 and over, as well as those in certain other categories and those who are immunocompromised, are eligible for a free Covid booster. Both vaccines can be administered at the same time.

Minister Donnelly said: “I’m delighted see the strong uptake of the flu and Covid vaccination programmes to date, and I’m very happy to have topped up my protection before the respiratory virus season peaks. Vaccines protect us, and those around us, particularly those who are vulnerable. Together with simple measures such as hand cleaning, coughing or sneezing into our elbows and staying at home when sick, they reduce our risk of serious illness and help to ease the burden on our health services. So, please make an appointment to get your vaccines today.

“I’m also urging parents to consider the nasal spray flu vaccine for their kids, and I want to remind healthcare workers that free flu and Covid vaccines are available in healthcare settings and at walk-in vaccination clinics nationwide.”

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