Full vaccination more effective than a booster campaign, Nphet advisor says

Cathal Walsh says strain-specific top-ups can play a role but primary vaccination is still far more effective

14th October, 2021
Full vaccination more effective than a booster campaign, Nphet advisor says
Annie Lynch was the first person in Ireland to receive the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Ireland at St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan

Inoculating the still-unvaccinated will more effectively minimise transmission of Covid-19 than rolling out a widespread booster campaign in Ireland, an advisor to the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) has said.

Cathal Walsh, a member of the Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said top-up shots tailored for specific Covid-19 variants would play an important role in Ireland’s long-term management of the pandemic.

But he warned that top-up shots were not a route out...

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