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Booster jabs may become available for everyone to tackle Covid, says Taoiseach

Over 70% of adults in Ireland are fully vaccinated from Covid-19.

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin during a visit to the Citywest Covid-19 Vaccination Centre in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin during a visit to the Citywest Covid-19 Vaccination Centre in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin during a visit to the Citywest Covid-19 Vaccination Centre in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin has said that booster jabs to protect people from Covid-19 may become available to all members of the public in Ireland in the near future.

Speaking in the Botanic Gardens in Dublin, he said that the European Union (EU) was making strong preparations for booster jabs and was being proactive in ensuring vaccine supplies would be available for European member states in the months ahead.

Mr Martin was there alongside Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris to launch a new campaign calling on people to share their views on the future of Irish research.

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Public Health Nurse Deirdre Murphy with a vial of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination at the mass vaccination centre in the Helix, DCU, Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Public Health Nurse Deirdre Murphy with a vial of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination at the mass vaccination centre in the Helix, DCU, Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

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Public Health Nurse Deirdre Murphy with a vial of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination at the mass vaccination centre in the Helix, DCU, Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

The campaign, called Creating Our Future, will ask members of the public and community groups to submit ideas and perspectives on what Irish research and innovation should be focusing on.

“There is an expectation we will require boosters,” Mr Martin said.

“There is ongoing research in respect of the timeline of efficacy of the vaccine and how long you have protection.”

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Over 70% of adults in Ireland are fully vaccinated from Covid-19.

Looking towards the winter, Mr Martin said great uncertainty remained about the next stages of the pandemic.

Describing any rollout of booster jabs as a “moving situation”, he said it was “something Europe is preparing for and the European Commission is preparing for”.

Mr Martin took the opportunity to highlight the importance of Irish research.

He asked people to engage with the consultation, noting that science, research and innovation can often feel removed from the public.

He namechecked climate change and Irish biodiversity as key areas for the future of research.

Mr Harris, who said that events would take place in the coming months to highlight the campaign, said one of his own proposals would be about what role Ireland can play in treating cancer.

“We are never shy in this country about giving our views and we’re also passionate about many many things,” he said.


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