DUBLIN, Ireland: Health officials have announced that those Irish who are immunocompromised will begin receiving their third dose of Covid-19 vaccines beginning next week.
"It does address people who are highly immunocompromised, organ recipients, renal patients, certain cancer patients and certain people on certain medications," said Health Services Executive CEO Paul Reid, as reported by RTE.
Notifications will be sent out starting on Wednesday, and inoculations will begin on Friday, said officials.
"It will be a period of five to six weeks to complete this programme," Reid said.
He noted that it is difficult to identify those at most risk, as there is not a list that they can "take off the shelf" but is a "complex piece of identification".
Reid said if people are not contacted it is because they are not in the highest risk category.
Reid noted that the focus on those at high risk is based upon National Immunisation Advisory Council recommendations.
Reid said third vaccinations will be administered at vaccination centers. Those now in hospitals will receive the inoculation there.