14 Sep 2021, 15.11

The Joint Committee on Health will meet representatives from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) and the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) for an update on Covid-19 at a meeting in in Leinster House, tomorrow, Wednesday, 15 September.

The meeting will take place in Committee Room 2 at 9.30am.

NPHET’s Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer; Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer; Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group and NIAC Chair Professor Karina Butler will appear before the Committee remotely.

Health Committee Cathaoirleach Seán Crowe TD said: “Despite the high-uptake of the vaccine the Covid-19 pandemic continues to loom over our lives. Notified deaths from the virus continue to increase and more than 300 people are currently hospitalised including more than 55 in ICU, according to recent data.

“As restrictions continue to ease, the Committee welcomes this timely engagement with NPHET and NIAC to get the most up to date data available on levels of Covid-19 in the community and the capacity of the hospital system and intensive care units to cope with demand.

“The Committee is also eager to get the latest information on the on-going rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination programme, current plans and opinions on vaccine booster shots and as winter approaches the plans for the winter flu vaccine programme.”

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