The waiting period between vaccination and booster doses has been reduced to three months.
The Health Minister Stephen Donnelly this evening announced the news after accepting new recommendations from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee.
Up until now, people vaccinated with anything but Janssen had to wait a minimum of five months after being deemed fully vaccinated before getting their booster.
The waiting period for people who received the one-shot Janssen vaccine had already been reduced to three months.
All vaccine brands now have the same waiting period.
📢 I have this evening accepted a recommendation from NIAC that the gap between completion of primary schedule of COVID-19 vaccination and a booster dose will be reduced to three months. Boosters will continue to be offered in the priority order previously recommended. pic.twitter.com/W394WqjG74
— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) December 13, 2021
The news does not change the priority in which people will be offered boosters.
People over the age of 50 are currently eligible, alongside those with underlying conditions.
The immunocompromised are also eligible for a third dose.