The Health Service Executive says 400,000 to 500,000 doses are due to go out of date over the next two weeks. Photograph: iStock

Up to 220,000 doses of Covid-19 booster vaccines may expire by the end of the month unless the current rate of uptake increases. The glut of supplies(...)

Ministers are concerned at the possible impact of Omicron on jobs and the economy. File photograph: Rodrigo Urzagasti/AFP via Getty Images

Ministers may press to reduce the isolation period for cases and close contacts of the highly transmissible but “milder” Omicron variant of Covid-19, (...)

Walk-in clinics will continue this week in a bid to give the booster vaccine to as many as possible, says the head of the HSE’s vaccination campaign. Photograph: iStock

In an acceleration of the booster vaccine rollout, 23 vaccine centres are open for walk-ins without appointments on Monday, while more centres are exp(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly says the State will seek to vaccinate at least 300,000 people per week before the end of the year. Photograph: Michaela Handrek-Rehle/Bloomberg

Opening hours at Covid-19 vaccination centres are to be extended and the 15-minute observation period after a person receives a jab is to be shelved i(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said: “Omicron is of serious concern and we do know that the booster can give great protection.” File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Another 3,887 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the State, the Department of Health has confirmed. The department also said on Tuesday evening (...)

The Covid-19 pandemic demonstrated what could be achieved with universal healthcare as all patients were treated in hospital on an equal footing. Photograph: iStock

Medics frustrated by the pace of reform and negotiations over Sláintecare contract

Even though boosters have been available to some groups for several weeks, significant numbers of certain age cohorts still have not got their boosters. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The millionth Covid-19 booster or third vaccine jab was injected into an Irish arm this week, but the spotlight has been on no-shows for such appointm(...)

The Niac has recommended that a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine now be offered to those aged 50- to 59-years-old who have completed their primary course with any Covid-19 vaccine. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced the extension of the Covid-19 booster vaccination programme to include the over-50s, those with(...)

A rapid antigen test for Covid-19 showing a negative result at a testing centre in a metro station in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP via Getty Images

Pharmacies are experiencing a “considerable” rise in sales of home antigen tests, with demand expected to increase in the run-up to Christmas, accordi(...)

AGSI general secretary Antoinette Cunningham, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and AGSI president Paul Curran at the  AGSI annual conference in Killarney on Tuesday. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

The criminal investigation into Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s leaking of a confidential proposed GP contract to his friend Dr Maitiú Ó Tuathail looks set t(...)

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