It takes three – the expert advice on vaccine doses

It takes three – the expert advice on vaccine doses

Date published: 10 January 2022

NI’s Chief Medical Officer has emphasised the significant additional protection a vaccine booster dose provides, on top of first and second doses.

NI’s Chief Medical Officer has emphasised the significant additional protection a vaccine booster dose provides, on top of first and second doses.

Professor Sir Michael McBride said those delaying coming forward for their booster are gambling unnecessarily with their health and the risk of hospitalisation.

Introduction to New Guidance for Schools and Educational Settings

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Introduction to New Guidance for Schools and Educational Settings

From the 1st of September 2021 new guidance will take effect.

This guidance has been published by the Department of Education for all School and Educational Settings in Northern Ireland. As Youth Services is deemed an Educational Setting in Legislation particular to the Coronavirus Act 2020, this guidance also applies to Youth Work Settings and Replaces previous Youth Restart Guidance.

Last updated: 26/11/2021

First Omicron variant cases confirmed

Covid 19 Updates

The first Omicron COVID-19 variant cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland.

Covid-19 update

Three Omicron cases have been confirmed in total – two in the same household in the greater Belfast area and a third unconnected case in the South Eastern Trust area.

All three positive cases have linkages to travel from GB to NI.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Sir Michael McBride said: “This is a development we have been expecting and preparing for since we were first made aware of the Omicron variant.

“Targeted actions by the Public Health Agency – including testing and enhanced contact tracing – are ongoing to investigate and assess these cases. There is no evidence at this time of wider community transmission in Northern Ireland.