State’s healthcare workers ‘unlikely’ to need Covid-19 booster shots

Majority of staff in system have adequate immune response, says infectious disease expert

At the public health lecture it was said that the State has such a high vaccination rate, the virus impact on health and society will be reduced. File photograph: Getty

At the public health lecture it was said that the State has such a high vaccination rate, the virus impact on health and society will be reduced. File photograph: Getty

It is unlikely that healthcare workers in Ireland will need annual booster shots for Covid-19, an expert in infectious diseases has said.

“Most healthcare workers have adequate immune systems and it is unlikely they will need serial boosters [like the annual flu vaccine] as Covid doesn’t change at the same rate flu does,” said Eoghan De Barra, consultant in infectious diseases at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. “Studies on other coronaviruses show immunity to last for two to three years.”

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