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Spring Booster Programme to Start in April

A spring COVID-19 booster vaccination will be offered to those aged 75 and over, as well as anyone over the age of 12 who is immunosuppressed. Most people in this group will have received their most recent vaccine dose in September or October 2021 and with the lapse of time, their immunity derived from vaccination […]

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Face Coverings No Longer Required in Post Primary Schools

Education Minister Michelle McIlveen has made a written ministerial statement to the Northern Ireland Assembly on the use of face coverings by post-primary pupils in classrooms. The Minister has confirmed that post-primary pupils will no longer be required to wear face coverings in classrooms from 21 March. A copy of the Minister’s statement is available […]

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Changes to Care Home Visiting Arrangements

Health Minister Robin Swann has welcomed an easing of care home visiting restrictions and the expansion of the Care Partner scheme to include hospitals and hospices. Following advice from the Public Health Agency, Minister Swann has agreed that restrictions on visiting in care homes will move from ‘Gradual Easing’ to ‘Further Easing’. This change means […]

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Vaccine to be Offered to 5-11 Year Olds

Children aged 5-11 who are not in a clinical risk group are now to be offered the opportunity to receive a covid vaccination following updated Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice. JCVI has advised that all children aged between 5 to 11 will be offered two 10 mcg doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 […]

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ALL Covid 19 Restrictions in Northern Ireland to be Removed!

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced that all COVID-19 legal restrictions in Northern Ireland will be replaced by guidance from February 15 2022. He also strongly emphasised the continuing need for caution and vigilance in relation to the virus. He stated: “Today’s announcement follows consideration of legal advice from the Attorney General and consultation with all […]

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No Decision Today on Covid 19 Restrictions

Health Minister Robin Swann said: “I can confirm I have now received detailed legal advice on the factors that need to be considered when seeking to amend Executive Covid regulations in the absence of an Executive. “This advice is now being given careful consideration and it is my intention to engage with Ministerial colleagues.” ENDS

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Swann Announces Plan for Additional NHS Pay Rise

Following the November announcement of a pay increase of 3% for our wonderful NHS staff. Health Minister Robin Swann has invested in a further 1.5% pay increase. This announcement will enable an overall pay rise of 4.5% for bands 1 to 3 staff and 4% for bands 4 to 7. Speaking via a memo sent […]

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Executive to Relax Covid-19 Restrictions: Here’s the Roadmap and Timeline

The Executive has today agreed an approach for relaxing the measures put in place to manage the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Ministers were updated today by the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Advisor, who have confirmed that we are likely to be past the peak in case numbers, although it remains possible that case numbers […]

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Robin Swann Reflects on Two Years as Health Minister

Ulster Unionist Party Health Minister Robin Swann MLA said; “Two years ago today, I was chosen by my party to be Northern Ireland’s Health Minister. We had always said that taking the health portfolio would be our priority if given the opportunity, and despite the decision of others to bypass it we jumped at the […]

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McGrath: Scrapping Free Lateral Flow Tests Will Put People In Danger  

SDLP Health Spokesperson Colin McGrath has said any plans to scrap free lateral flow tests will put the public in danger. Mr McGrath said creating barriers in accessing the tests would lead to less people using them and people with Covid-19 unknowingly spreading the virus. He was speaking after reports the British government are planning […]