Dozens of  ambulances and crews from the voluntary sector have made themselves available to serve acute hospital patients. As of Thursday, 260 National Ambulance Service staff were absent due to Covid. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Disruption caused by measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 is intensifying, amid “unsustainable” pressures on some services as the Omicron wave s(...)

The Psychiatric Nurses Association says  the latest Covid surge has resulted in the closure or curtailment of some services. Photograph: iStock

Up to 600 mental health nurses are absent from duty due to the impact of Covid-19, which is creating “unprecedented pressures” on remaining staff to (...)

A spokeswoman for Tesco confirmed that they too have seen ‘an increase in demand’ for antigen tests over recent days. Photograph: NIck Bradshaw/The Irish Times

There have been widespread reports of pharmacies and supermarkets being unable to meet unprecedented demand for antigen test kits throughout the State(...)

The only people currently eligible for boosters are all those aged 50 and over

The spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant of Covid-19 is putting pressure on the HSE to ramp up the programme of third booster vaccine doses(...)

The Irish Pharmacy Union   said  pharmacies received information from the HSE that they could provide the booster vaccine for a wider range of cohorts. Photograph: iStock

The Irish Pharmacy Union has said booster vaccine appointments made on Wednesday following information from the HSE, which was since reversed, should (...)

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(...)

Practices are planning on offering vaccinations right through the Christmas period. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty

GPs and pharmacists are planning on vaccinating as many patients as possible over the Christmas period, as the Covid-19 vaccine booster programme ramp(...)

Large queues formed outside the UCD vaccination centre on Thursday morning. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The European Union’s drugs regulator said it could make sense to administer Covid-19 vaccine boosters as early as three months after the initial two-(...)

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(...)

Dr Holohan said that it was a fair assumption that booster shot campaign would not be extended to the under-40s ‘any time soon’, but that it would go ahead for vulnerable groups.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan has said that there are no plans to extend the vaccine booster programme to the under-40s “any time soon”, b(...)

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