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Brexit still a focus of HSE and DOH

The Department of Health has kept structures in place that are dedicated to the impact of the UK leaving the EU, despite the recent ‘Brexit’ deal, the Medical Independent (MI) has been told. The Department established dedicated structures to respond to Brexit in 2019, which brought together relevant units across the Department and other agencies.…

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Supply issues result in vaccination delay for 75-79 group

Covid-19 vaccinations for the 75-79 year old age category due to get underway this week have been suspended by the HSE due to reduction in vaccine supplies.  Around 120 practices due to get deliveries for this age group this week will not receive any supplies. According to the HSE, the priority this week is to…

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Train Us for Ireland welcomes decision to clear citizenship backlog

The non-EU doctors group Train Us for Ireland has welcomed the decision by the Department of Justice to establish a new temporary system that aims to “significantly clear” a backlog of Irish citizenship applications. The temporary system, which has been in place since 18 January, enables applicants to complete their naturalisation process by signing a…

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Addressing obesity together in Ireland this World Obesity Day

Photo Credit: World Obesity Federation Thursday 4 March 2021 marks World Obesity Day. This is a day dedicated to increasing awareness of the root causes of obesity and improving understanding of the actions required to address them. It is a day for encouraging advocacy in order to address the common perceptions in society that drive…

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Some GP frustration amid vaccine rollout

More than 90,000 people over the age of 80 will have received their first Covid-19 vaccine dose by the end of this week, according to the Chair of the IMO GP Committee Dr Denis McCauley. Around 50,000 vaccinations occurred in the community last week while 42,000 vaccines will be delivered this week by 500 GP…

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Meat factory workers undergo over 123,000 PCR tests for Covid-19

More than 123,000 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab tests for Covid-19 have been taken from meat factory workers since the launch of a serial testing programme last year. Serial testing involves testing of asymptomatic workers at meat factory plants and has been underway since last August. Each facility is tested once every four weeks. An average of 18,540…

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NIAC advises 12 week Oxford/Astra Zeneca vaccine interval for all age groups

The interval between doses of the Oxford/Astra Zeneca vaccine for all age groups in now 12 weeks, according to updated guidance from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC).  Previously NIAC had advised that, for those older than 65, a two-dose scheduling interval of four to six weeks was recommended, while for those less than 65…

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