Analysis: Case numbers high as vaccines for children approved and booster rollout slows

The amount of no shows for the third jab has increased as it is offered to younger age groups

Almost 200,000 booster doses were administered last week, with a further 90,000 appointments at vaccination centres not attended. Picture:

Vaccines will soon be available to children after the National Immunisation Advisory Committee approved the Pfizer vaccine for 5 to 11 year olds.

Some 480,000 primary school children will be offered a vaccine, with the majority receiving their doses in January.

This comes as cases have risen dramatically in children in the past two weeks.

The incidence rate of 5 to 14 year olds is now the highest of all cohorts, almost double that of ...