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New mobile app to improve antibiotic use at city’s public hospitals

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Galway bay fm newsroom – A new mobile app to improve antibiotic use has been launched for use in Galway city’s public hospitals.

The technology will focus on antimicrobial prescribing guidelines and will co-incide with the intake of 197 Non-Consultant Doctors at the hospital in July.

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Galway to be one of the first places in the country to get Moderna vaccine

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The first doses will be administered tomorrow at mass vaccination centres in three locations – Galway, Dublin and Portlaoise

They will be used to vaccinate GP teams

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has described the development as another important step on our vaccination journey.

He revealed the information in a tweet this afternoon.

Galway Bay fm news is currently awaiting confirmation from the HSE as to the location of the Galway centre.

Most General Practice teams could be vaccinated against covid 19 in a matter of weeks, according to a leading expert.

Assistant Professor for General Practice at TCD, Brendan O’ Shea says the situation is developing quickly.

This news comes after the HSE announced the period between the first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine is being extended from 21 to 28 days.

Kevin Connolly is former chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee.

He says the Pfizer vaccine is as effective when the second dose is added after 28 days

That will take effect for those receiving the jab for the first time from Monday and is aimed at vaccinating more people as new supplies arrive.

Meanwhile, it’s emerged Pfizer Bio-N-Tech may be slowing down production of its Covid-19 vaccine.

It is unclear whether this will affect Ireland’s allocation of doses.

It comes as the HSE plans to give a second dose of the vaccine 28 days after the first, instead of 21 days which it says follows recommendations from the World Health Organisation and the National Immunisation Advisory Committee.

Meanwhile, Pfizer is to reduce its production of Covid-19 vaccines on a temporary basis – which will affect shipments to Europe later this month.

The company says it’s so production capacity can be scaled up to 2 billion doses by the end of the year.

It’s not yet known the effect of this on Ireland’s supply.

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Average age of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Galway remains lowest nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The average age of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Galway remains the lowest nationwide.

According to new figures from the CSO, the average age now stands at 31 – the lowest in the country, followed by Sligo at 33 and Kerry at 35.

However, the age profile has increased significantly in recent weeks.

Shortly before Christmas, the average age of confirmed cases in Galway was just 26.

The latest figures show that Galway has an incidence rate of 1,094 per 100 thousand – and recorded 2,822 new cases over the past 14 days.

Director of Public Health for the West, Dr. Breeda Smyth, says with hospitals under pressure, we all have to play our part in halting the spread of Covid-19.

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Galway to get one of country’s first Covid-19 mass vaccination centres

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three mass Covid vaccination centres will be in operation from tomorrow in Dublin, Galway and Portlaoise.

That’s according to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, who has revealed the information in a tweet this afternoon.

Galway Bay fm news is currently awaiting confirmation from the HSE as to the location of the Galway centre.

It’ll be used to vaccinate GP teams using the first supply of the Moderna vaccine.

It comes after the HSE announced the period between the first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine is being extended from 21 to 28 days.

That will take effect for those receiving the jab for the first time from Monday and is aimed at vaccinating more people as new supplies arrive.

Meanwhile, it’s emerged Pfizer Bio-N-Tech may be slowing down production of its Covid-19 vaccine.

Kevin Connolly is former chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee.

He says the Pfizer vaccine is as effective when the second dose is added after 28 days…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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