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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Booster/third dose milestone welcomed

The number of COVID-19 vaccine boosters and third doses administered in Northern Ireland has passed the one million mark.

The milestone has been welcomed by Patricia Donnelly, head of Northern Ireland’s vaccination programme.

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She said: “GPs, community pharmacists and Trusts have all worked extremely hard to roll out the booster campaign, with the period in the run up to Christmas particularly busy.

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“They all deserve our heartfelt thanks. Because of the vaccines, we now have much greater protection against the virus.

“All those involved in the vaccination programme are genuine history makers.”

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Booster doses have been provided from the latter stages of last year, supplementing the two primary doses already received.

At the same time, a third primary dose was offered to people with a severely weakened immune system, which was then followed by a booster three months after their third primary dose.

The latest tallies on Northern Ireland’s vaccination dashboard include 979,548 boosters and 20,620 third doses.

Patricia continued: “While demand for vaccines is no longer at levels from the peak of the campaign, people are still coming forward on a daily basis for boosters and first and second doses.

“It’s still not too late to get these jabs. Please do so – and benefit from the really important protection they bring.” 

The one million landmark has been reached with the Spring booster campaign imminent. In line with UK-wide guidance set by the JCVI, the Spring campaign will offer an additional booster dose to: anyone who is aged 75 or over; care home residents; and anyone aged 12 and over who has a severely weakened immune system. Further details can be found on NI Direct: www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/get-covid-19-vaccination-and-booster-northern-ireland

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