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He said almost 88 per cent of adults had been fully vaccinated and 92 per cent were partially vaccinated.
“Our focus still remains to give as many as possible protection. Walk-in vaccination centres continue this weekend for aged 12s and over.”
People who wish to attend one of these clinics without registering must bring a form of photo identification, such as passport, driving licence or Garda age card, a mobile phone number (if you have one), an email address (if you have one), and your Eircode.
Those with a PPS number should bring that too.
A child aged between 12 to 15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
People who wish to register you must have a photo ID which includes their date of birth.
The walk-in clinics are providing both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines. Anyone attending for a second Pfizer dose must have received their first Pfizer vaccine at least 21 days beforehand.
For those receiving a second Moderna dose they must have received their first Moderna shot at least 28 days previously.
A list of the walk-in vaccination centres is below with counties arranged in alphabetical order. This information is subject to change and updates can be found here.
Carlow Institute of Technology (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday 9.15am to 12.15pm or Sunday 9.15am to 12.15pm
Kilmore Hotel (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday 8.30am to 12.30pm or Sunday 8.30am to 12.30pm
West County Hotel, Ennis (Moderna 2) – Saturday 1.30pm to 6pm
West County Hotel, Ennis (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Sunday 9am to 4pm
Bantry Primary Care Centre (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday 9.15am to 3:30pm or Sunday 9.15am to 3:30pm
Cork City Hall (Pfizer Dose 1 and 2) – Saturday 1pm to 4pm or Sunday 1pm to 4pm
Letterkenny Institute of Technology (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday 1pm to 4pm or Sunday 8.30am to 4pm
Aviva Stadium (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday, 2.30pm to 7pm
UCD O’Reilly Hall, Belfield (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Sunday 10am to 6pm
Citywest Convention Centre (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday, 8.15am to 12pm or Sunday, 8.15am to 12pm
National Show Centre (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday 8.30am to 12.30pm or Sunday 8.30am to 12.30pm
Galway Racecourse, Galway (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday 8.30am to 12.30pm or Sunday 9am to 4pm
Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Sunday, 9.15am to 10.15am
Kerry Sports Academy (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Sunday 9.15am to 10.15am
Punchestown Racecourse (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday 8.15am to 12.30pm
Cillin Hill Conference Centre (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday 8.15am to 12.30pm
Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday 8.30am to 12pm
Limerick Racecourse, Patrickswell (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday 8.15am to 7pm, Sunday 8.15am to 7pm
Fairways Hotel, Dundalk (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday 12pm to 3pm
Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday 2pm to 4pm
Fairyhouse Racecourse, Ratoath (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday 9am to 4pm
Simonstown GAA Club Navan (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday 11am to 4pm, Sunday 11am to 4pm
Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday 1.30pm to 5pm or Sunday 1.30pm to 5pm
Kilbride Community Centre, Roscommon (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Sunday 9.15am to 3.15pm
Sligo Institute of Technology, Ballinode (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday 1.15pm to 4pm or Sunday 9.15am to 4pm and (Moderna 2) – Saturday 9.15am to 12.30pm
Abbeycourt Hotel, Nenagh (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday 1pm to 6.30pm or (Moderna 2) Sunday 8.30am to 4pm
Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday 9am to 12pm
WIT Sports Campus (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Sunday 11am to 2pm
Athlone Institute of Technology International Arena (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Saturday 2pm to 6pm or Sunday 10am to 6pm
Shoreline Leisure Centre, Greystones (Pfizer 1 and 2) – Sunday 8.30am to 12.30pm
Drop in cancer diagnoses as high as 14 per cent during pandemic, early data shows
The drop in the number of cancers detected during the Covid-19 pandemic could be as high as 14 per cent, preliminary data has suggested.
A report from the National Cancer Registry said it was still too early to provide “definitive answers” on whether pandemic hospital restrictions last year led to a reduction in the number of cancers diagnosed.
The registry’s annual report said an estimated decrease of 14 per cent in detections pointed to the “potential scale” of Covid-19’s impact on other healthcare.
A separate analysis of data on microscopically verified cancers diagnosed last year showed a reduction of between 10 and 13 per cent, the report said.
The drop in confirmed cancer cases, when compared with previous years, could be partly accounted for by “incomplete registration of cases already diagnosed”, it said.
Prof Deirdre Murray, director of the National Cancer Registry, said there were “clear signals that, as expected in Ireland, the number of cancer diagnoses in 2020 will be lower than in previous years”.
The shortfall in cancers being diagnosed would present a “major challenge” in the coming years, with lengthy waiting lists and disruptions to screening services “all too commonplace” already, she said.
Ms Power said it was frightening to think of the people who were living with cancer but did not know it yet. She added that existing cancer patients were “terrified” of having treatments delayed due to the recent rise in Covid-19 cases.
The registry’s report said there were about 44,000 tumours identified each year between 2017 and 2019.
Not counting non-melanoma skin cancer, the most common cancer diagnoses were for breast and prostate cancer, which made up almost a third of invasive cancers found in women and men respectively.
For men this was followed by bowel and lung cancer, and melanoma of the skin. Lung cancer was the second most common cancer for women, followed by colorectal cancer and melanoma of skin.
Nearly a third of deaths in 2018 were attributed to cancer, with lung cancer the leading cause of death from cancer, the report said.
The second, third and fourth most common cancers to die from in men were bowel, prostate and oesophagus cancer. For women breast, bowel and ovarian cancers were the most common fatal cancers.
The report said there were almost 200,000 cancer survivors in Ireland at the end of 2019, with breast cancer patients making up more than a fifth of the total.
The research found cancer rates among men had dropped between 2010 and 2019, with mortality rates decreasing or remaining the same across nearly every type of cancer. Rates of cancer detected among women had increased between 2008 and 2019, with mortality rates for most cancers decreasing.
The report said the five-year survival rate from cancer had increased to 65 per cent for the period 2014 to 2018, compared with 42 per cent two decades previous.
There had been “major improvement” in survival rates for most major cancers, however, the research noted the chances of survival varied significantly depending on the type of cancer.
Prostate, melanoma of the skin and testis cancer had survival rates of more than 90 per cent, followed closely by breast and thyroid cancer, and Hodgkin lymphoma. Pancreas, liver, oesophagus and lung cancers had much lower five-year survival rates on average, the report said.
Can my child really be refused entry to school for not wearing a face mask?
What are the new rules on wearing face masks at primary school?
Pupils in third class upwards are required to wear face masks, apart from those with exemptions. These rules apply for children aged nine-plus using public transport and in other public, indoor settings.
Can my child really be refused entry to school for not wearing a mask?
Department of Education guidelines state that unmasked pupils in third class upwards will be refused entry to school if they do not have a medical certificate to show they are exempt from the rules.
Schools, however, are being advised by the Government to take a “flexible” and “practical” approach to the new rules over the coming days.
Are these rules underpinned by law?
The guidelines are not statutory but, like existing rules on face masks for secondary students, schools are required to implement them.
When asked if school principals will be legally protected when implementing the wearing of face masks, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said where they apply public health policy they will be “protected definitely”.
On what grounds can a child be exempt from wearing a mask?
There three main grounds under which children may be exempt from wearing a mask:
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(1) Any pupil with difficulty breathing or other relevant medical conditions
(2) Any pupil who is unable to remove the cloth face-covering or visor without assistance
(3) Any pupil who has special needs and who may feel upset or very uncomfortable wearing the cloth face covering or visor, for example pupils with intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, sensory concerns or tactile sensitivity
Do children require a medical certificate to prove they are exempt?
Most children will not require a medical certificate on the basis that schools are best placed to identify children whose needs are such that the wearing of face covering may not be possible for them.
In other circumstances, a medical certificate – from a GP, typically – must be provided to the school.
What happens with mask wearing at break time or during PE?
A “common sense” approach is being advised. As it the case at second level, students may take off masks briefly for eating and drinking indoors.
Schools are being advised that masks can also be taken off when in the yard and for PE lessons outdoors.
If sporting activity takes place indoors, masks do not need to be worn if the space is well ventilated and subject to CO2 monitoring.
Masks may also be taken off for music, but consideration should be given to social distancing and ventilation.
What happens if my child forgets or loses their face mask?
Schools should have a sufficient supply of masks for this purpose.
My child is in a mixed class with second and third class pupils. What rules apply?
Where there are mixed classes in a single classroom, only children in third class and above are required to wear face masks.
When will the rules be reviewed?
The Department of Education says it has been advised that this measure is being introduced on a temporary basis and is subject to review in mid-February 2022.
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