The Health Service Executive has said that people aged 65 years and older, who are due their second Covid-19 booster vaccine, can book online now for appointments at HSE vaccination centres.

Appointments will be available from tomorrow.

People who are eligible can also check with participating GPs and pharmacies, who will begin giving second boosters in the coming weeks.

Earlier this month, the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) recommended a second booster (a fourth dose) for everyone over 65 years, to be given generally six months after the last vaccination.

It also recommended a second booster for everyone aged 12 years and older who has a weak immune system.

NIAC is currently looking at what it should recommend in terms of a second booster for other groups.

Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases in hospital has fallen below 700 to 654.

It is a reduction of 52 cases on yesterday's figure of 706 and is the lowest number since early March.

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An unspecified number of the hospital cases are currently in hospital for other reasons, but tested positive for Covid-19.

Latest official figures also show that there have been 20 Covid-19 deaths in the week to last Monday.

Today, the Department of Health reported 3,035 new cases of Covid-19. The figure includes 1,426 PCR-confirmed cases and 1,609 positive antigen tests which were registered through the HSE portal.

In Northern Ireland, a further nine patients who previously tested positive for Covid-19 have died.

The Department of Health said there was another 752 positive cases of the virus in the last 24-hour period.

This morning there were 387 Covid-positive patients in hospital, of whom five were in intensive care.