People over 50 can now book a second Covid-19 booster vaccine.

Appointments can be made from today on the Health Service Executive's website, with jabs given at vaccination centres and through participating GP surgeries and pharmacies.

Women who are more than 16 weeks pregnant are also being invited to register for their next booster.

Children aged 5-11 who are immunocompromised, who are due their first booster, will be asked to register for this soon.

People aged between 12 and 49 with long term health conditions will be offered their second booster vaccine from next week and healthcare workers will be offered booster vaccines shortly.

In a statement, the HSE's Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry encouraged people who have not yet received a jab to do so.

"If you haven't had your primary vaccination, it’s not too late," he said.

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"You can still access the information through the HSE website and book an appointment.

"Keeping up to date with your vaccines will give you the best protection from serious illness and increase immunity against infection from Covid-19."

The HSE has also urged people who have not yet received a primary Covid-19 vaccine dose to consider attending one of the walk-in clinics for dose one or dose two of the vaccine or to register for an appointment.

Latest figures show that as of 8am there were 288 people with Covid-19 in hospital, up from 285 at the same time yesterday.

Of these, 15 people were in intensive care units with the virus, down two on yesterday.