Slow uptake of children’s flu vaccine

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UL Hospitals Group chief executive Colette CowanPARENTS in Limerick are not having their children vaccinated against the flu in the numbers that were expected.According to local family doctors, the take-up of the free, painless vaccine – which is administered by nasal spray – has been very disappointing.Meanwhile, it has emerged that just over half of healthcare workers in the University of Limerick Hospitals Group have availed of the flu vaccine while six in ten community healthcare workers have been vaccinated.Hospitals Group chief executive Professor Colette Cowan confirmed that 51 per cent of the healthcare workers in its six hospitals have been vaccinated.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This is the highest flu vaccine uptake ever recorded by the hospitals. The UL Hospitals Group is actively working towards the national target of 75 per cent vaccination for healthcare workers,” Prof Cowan added.The numbers indicate that there has been  a 120 per cent increase on the same five week vaccination period in 2019.In answer to a query from the Limerick Post, the HSE said it does not have data on the uptake of the new children’s vaccine but said that 600,000 doses of nasal flu vaccine have been procured so far this year.“All sites that placed an order for the vaccine received their first delivery by the October 9. To date, more than 75 per cent of the vaccine has been distributed to GPs and pharmacies for administration to children between two and 12 years of age,” a HSE spokesman explained.“As of November 18, at least 122,000 doses of the children’s vaccine have been given.“With less than three weeks left of the school term and understanding the challenging circumstances schools find themselves with Covid protocols and limited space for vaccinations, it is not possible to provide the flu vaccine in schools this year,” the spokesman added.At a meeting of the Health Forum West last week, Chief Officer for HSE Mid West Community Healthcare Maria Bridgeman, said that 60 per cent of heath care workers in the region have been vaccinated.“Clinics are on-going across the area and the figure of 60 per cent uptake is expected to increase in the weeks ahead,” she said. Facebook Previous articleFamily hoping inquiry will reopen Bunratty death investigationNext articleAnn & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 35 | Big news hidden in plain sight Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Advertisement Johnson and Johnson lead the way with vaccine candidate for COVID-19 WhatsApp Measles outbreak team in city TAGSvaccine Printcenter_img Linkedin No vaccines in Limerick yet Email Measles cases increase More measles cases in Limerick NewsHealthSlow uptake of children’s flu vaccineBy Bernie English – December 4, 2020 342 Under-40s need measles vaccine as cases climb Twitterlast_img read more

Supreme Court Allows To Implead 8 Farmers Unions In PILs Seeking Removal Of Farmers Protests; To Hear Tomorrow

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Allows To Implead 8 Farmers Unions In PILs Seeking Removal Of Farmers Protests; To Hear Tomorrow LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK16 Dec 2020 8:04 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the impleadment of eight farmers unions in the petitions seeking removal of the farmers protests at the Delhi borders.A bench headed by the Chief Justice of India allowed the following unions to be added :Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU – Rakesh Tikait)BKU-Sidhupur (Jagjeet S. Dallewal)BKU-Rajewal (Balbeer Singh Rajewal)BKU-Lakhowal (Harinder…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the impleadment of eight farmers unions in the petitions seeking removal of the farmers protests at the Delhi borders.A bench headed by the Chief Justice of India allowed the following unions to be added :Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU – Rakesh Tikait)BKU-Sidhupur (Jagjeet S. Dallewal)BKU-Rajewal (Balbeer Singh Rajewal)BKU-Lakhowal (Harinder Singh Lakhowal)Jamhoori Kisan Sabha (Kulwant Singh Sandhu)BKU-Dakaunda (Buta Singh Burjgill)BKU – Doaba (Manjit Singh Rai)Kul Hind Kisan Federation (Prem Singh Bhangu)The bench issued notice returnable by tomorrow. The petitions are listed tomorrow.During the hearing on Wednesday, the CJI SA Bobde indicated that the Court might form a committee for negotiations with the Unions.”Your negotiation does not work apparently; we will form a committee to resolve the issue”, the CJI told the Solicitor General. “Otherwise this will soon become a national issue. It seems government may not be able to work out”, the CJI added.(Detailed report of today’s court room exchange in the case may be read here).CJI tells Parihar that liberty will be given to him to join the party. Adv. Rahul Mehra, GNCTD appears: No efforts have been made to check the veracity of the claims of the Petitioners and to show the authenticity.— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) December 16, 2020 The Petitioners had sought immediate removal of protesting farmers from border areas of Delhi-NCR on the ground that they increase the risk of COVID-19 spread in Delhi. The petitioners also referred to the recent judgment of the Supreme Court in the Shaheen Bagh case to argue that the protests blocking public roads are illegal.Thousands of protesters, mostly from Punjab, have been camping in the border areas of Delhi-NCR since November 26 raising a demand that the Central Government repeal the recently passed farmers laws.Explained: The 3 Farmers Bills And The Controversies Surrounding ThemAfter the support for the protests swelled, the Central Government invited the leaders for talks. However, the talks are yet to yield results and the protesters are standing firm on their demand that the laws must be taken back.The Supreme Court has issued notices on a batch of petitions which challenge the constitutional validity of the said Acts. Interestingly, the Bar Council of Delhi has also written to the Prime Minister seeking the repeal of the laws saying that provisions barring the jurisdiction of civil courts over disputes under the Acts affect legal profession.Click here to read/download the orderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Dirt Duel, Bill Davis Memorial June 1-3 at Stuart

first_imgBoth 50-lap main events on Wednesday night pay a minimum of $400 to start. Qualifying fea­tures Monday and Tuesday send top four finishers to the big shows on June 3.  STUART, Iowa – IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods chase $3,000 top checks at Stuart Speedway’s June 1-3 Dynamic Drivelines Dirt Duel. The Dynamic Drivelines Dirt Duel is co-sponsored by Sniper Speed, Midstate Machine and Country Kitchen of Stuart. The purse is based on a three-day show and will be pro-rated in the event one day is canceled by inclement weather. More information about the Dirt Duel and manufacturers’ races, and the Bill Davis Memo­rial is available from promoter Mike Van Genderen at 641 521-0330. Chassis manufacturers’ races for both divisions pay $1,000 to win with a $50 entry fee and 100 percent payback.center_img Hot laps start at 6:45 p.m. each night. Mach-1 Sport Compacts race on Tuesday. Also on the Wednesday program are the $1,000 to win Bill Davis Memorial for IMCA Modifieds, plus IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Pit passes are $30 a day or $80 for all three days. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students ages 9-16 and free for ages eight and under. Entry fee is now $150 and increases to $200 on June 2 and $300 on June 3.last_img read more

Badgers open Big Ten play at home

first_imgIn the blink of an eye, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team (5-3-2) has gone from a legitimate top-25 program to a team struggling to find momentum.The once highly ranked Badgers began conference play last weekend, falling to Illinois in overtime, 3-2, and tying Iowa 2-2. The pair of losses knocked the former No. 13 team out of the national rankings this week.Though last weekend’s games were a tough blow for the Badgers, head coach Dean Duerst is hoping to bounce back this weekend.”We need to rebound,” Duerst said. “We are a great team and will find a way. There is a ton of parity in our conference and we know that. We just have to dig down and keep working hard.”The Badgers will attempt a rebound this weekend when they host border rival Minnesota Friday and No. 2 Penn State Sunday.”It’s just going to be a great weekend because this border battle is starting to really grow with our team,” Duerst said.Duerst is setting high expectations for his recovering team, hoping a Friday night game under the lights will motivate the Badgers to a victory.”We have an experienced group of players,” Duerst said about his team. “Our team is very balanced right now in our scoring, which is what a coach wants. We’ve got numerous players getting points for us.”Leading the way for the Badgers are senior forward Amy Vermeulen and junior forward Allison Priess. Vermeulen leads the cardinal and white with five goals. Both Priess and Vermeulen lead Wisconsin in scoring with 10 points apiece.Goalkeepers Lynn Murray and Stefani Szczechowski have combined for 48 saves this season, with Murray accumulating 45 of them.Both goalkeepers will be put to the test Sunday when they face Tiffany Weimer of Penn State. Weimer currently leads the Big Ten with 15 goals and has been the sole leader for the undefeated Nittany Lions.”I think we’re going to have to devise some scheme with Weimer,” Duerst said. “She’s just someone special that has to be paid attention to. We’re ready for that challenge.”Weimer, a Hermann Trophy candidate, garnered Soccer America National Player of the Week Honors after scoring three goals in the Nittany Lions’ Big Ten opening weekend. Weimer has managed to score a goal in all 10 Penn State contests.Last year, the senior pulled off her second career hat-trick en route to leading the Nittany Lions to a 4-0 victory over the Badgers.”Last year we lost pretty badly to them,” assistant coach Carrie Barker said. “I think we need to have a recap and let them know that we are going to remember last year’s game and not be afraid to play them again. It’s important for us to evaluate ourselves.””We are a year older, more experienced and more driven to prove to them that last year’s game was an embarrassment and we will not let that happen again,” Barker said.Both Minnesota and Penn State are coming off overtime wins. Last Sunday Penn State managed to beat Purdue 3-2 and Minnesota defeated Indiana 2-1.The Badgers have seen overtime five times this season, going 1-2-2. Though Duerst said overtime exposure helps the Badgers gain experience, he agrees five is too many.”We’ve played 10 games and five were in overtime,” Duerst said. “As a coach I don’t like that because that’s too many, but it’s given us some great experience as we head into the meat of our season. And, you know, you win some of those, you lose some, you tie some, and it gives you this experience I think which is valuable down the road. And for us to improve and get better each weekend is real important.”The Badgers will host the Gophers Friday at 7 p.m. and the Nittany Lions at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Both matches will be held at the McClimon Soccer Complex.last_img read more

World #1 Osaka Beats Coco Gauff with Grace and Class

first_imgIn a much anticipated match, world number one Naomi Osaka and defending US Open champion, handily defeated the 15-year-old Delray Beach tennis phenomenon Coco Gauff in straight sets 6-3, 6-0. Not only did Osaka’s amazing performance on the court capture the audience but her selfless and classy actions after the match to console Gauff completely won them over. Osaka hugged a sobbing Gauff and invited her to join her for the encore interview.During the interview, both players were in tears as was the audience as Coco lamented her loss but congratulated Naomi. [email protected]_Osaka_ completes the @usopen Round of 16!The defending champion moves on with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Gauff–> https://t.co/Dj7Hnvt1Cc pic.twitter.com/q1WnaJ8Z5a— WTA (@WTA) September 1, 2019 Naomi congratulated Gauff’s parents for raising such an amazing daughter and tennis player. The sportsmanship is a sharp contrast to Osaka’s experience in the final last year against Serena Williams who had a meltdown with the chair umpire.Williams unsportsmanlike conduct overshadowed Osaka’s win. Osaka excepted the winning trophy with tears streaming down her face as the crowd booed with the President of the USTA Katrina Adams stating…”perhaps it’s not the finish we were looking for today “. Osaka apologized to the crowd for winning and thanked the crowd for watching the match.Tennis world awaits a possible rematch between Williams and Osaka in New York.last_img read more

England’s dramatic charge wins Canadian Challenge

first_img England won the Canadian International Junior Challenge for the seventh time with a dramatic charge over the last five holes of the championship at Wildfire Golf Club, Ontario. The team of Jake Bolton, Jack Cope, Danny Daniels and Kristian Tannum Donaldson had trailed the hosts, Canada, over the first two rounds and, with five holes left of the final round, they were six shots behind. But in a storming finish they overtook their rivals and won the title by a shot. Daniels (Essendon) birdied two of the last five on his way to three-under 69, the low score of the day. Tannum Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) was two-under for the last five, including a crucial birdie on 18. Cope (Minchinhampton) birdied 14 and 16 to finish on level par. Bolton (Ogbourne Downs) beat his Canadian opponent by two shots over the closing holes. Manager Alan Covey said: “The job was done! We had played the last five holes in six-under par as a team, to win by a single shot. It was a fantastic fightback by Team England and we were champions. “Although we were six behind Canada after 13 holes all the team were playing well.  I just told each player to try and beat the Canadian in their group by two shots in the last five holes and they responded accordingly!” Covey also praised the boys from Team Canada for being great opponents. “Canada pushed us all the way, but thankfully we just came out on top,” he said. England played the last round in a team score of one-under and finished the 54-hole event on four-over par, one shot ahead of Canada. In addition Bolton was third individually on two-over, two behind the leaders, scoring 73 69 76. Tied fifth were Daniels 74 77 69 and Tannum Donaldson 74 72 74; while Cope was eighth 75 75 72. The championship is the only multi-team international junior golf championship conducted in Canada. The event was developed to provide elite junior golfers around the world the opportunity to compete in an international ranked event while experiencing Canadian culture in one of Canada’s finest regions. The event also promotes the building of international relations between juniors and golfing federations.  Caption: (from left) Jack Cope, Kristian Tannum Donaldson, Alan Covey (team manager), Jake Bolton, Danny Daniels. (Image courtesy Canadian Junior Golf Association). 18 Sep 2016 England’s dramatic charge wins Canadian Challenge last_img read more

WDFW Tentatively Plans 24 Days of Razor Clam Digging in April…

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeThe Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has proposed a series of razor clam digs in April and May to cap a season packed with more “beach days” than any time in the past 25 years.After a nine-day opening that runs through March 24, state shellfish managers plan to end the season with another 24 days of digging on morning low tides at various beaches from April 4 through May 17.Final approval of those digs depends on the results of marine toxin tests, which have consistently shown this season that the clams are safe to eat.“We’ve had a great season so far and we expect it to continue that way in the months ahead,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “We have an abundance of clams on most beaches, which makes for some terrific digging opportunities.”Proposed digging days in April and May, along with the remaining digs in March, are posted on WDFW’s website.Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. No digging is allowed on any beach after noon.Counting the new dates in April and May, Ayres said WDFW plans to provide a total of 286 “beach days” of digging on Washington beaches this season – the highest number since 1989. He defined a “beach day” as one beach open for a single day, so four beaches open for one day counts as four beach days.Annual razor clam seasons typically end in mid-to-late May, when the clams begin to spawn and are less desirable for eating, Ayres said.He reminds diggers they will need a valid 2015-16 fishing license to participate in razor clam digs effective April 1, the beginning of the new license year. Various types of fishing licenses are available online, by phone (866-246-9453), and from authorized license dealers throughout the state.Meanwhile, state wildlife managers are urging clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula and on a section of Twin Harbors beach.The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.” Both species are listed as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act.“Nesting season for snowy plovers and streaked horned larks begins in early April, coinciding with the scheduled clam digs,” said Anthony Novack, district biologist for WDFW. “Snowy plover nests are difficult to see, so it’s easy to disturb or destroy them without even being aware of it. If an adult is scared off its nest, it leaves the eggs exposed to predators like crows and ravens.”To protect these birds, the department asks that clam diggers avoid the dunes and areas of the beach with soft, dry sand. When driving to a clam-digging area, diggers should enter the beach only at designated access points and stay on the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line, Novack said.Dig dates in May for Copalis and Mocrocks will be announced after harvest from the April digs has been analyzed. Upcoming digs in April and May are scheduled on the following dates, pending favorable marine toxin results:· April 4, Saturday, 7:23 a.m.; 0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis· April 5, Sunday, 7:57 a.m.; 0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis· April 6, Monday, 8:32 a.m.; 0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 7, Tuesday, 9:09 a.m.; 0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 8, Wednesday, 9:48 a.m.; 0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 9, Thursday, 10:32 a.m.; 0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 10, Friday, 11:23 a.m.; 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 17, Friday, 6:03 a.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks· April 18, Saturday, 6:52 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis· April 19, Sunday, 7:39 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis· April 20, Monday, 8:25 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 21, Tuesday, 9:11 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 22, Wednesday, 9:57 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 23, Thursday, 10:46 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 24, Friday, 11:38 a.m.; 0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 2, Saturday, 6:23 a.m., 0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 3, Sunday, 6:59 a.m., -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 7, Thursday, 9:30 a.m., -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 8, Friday, 10:14 a.m., -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 9, Saturday, 11:03 a.m., -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 10, Sunday, 11:58 a.m., -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 15, Friday, 4:58 a.m., -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 16, Saturday, 5:50 a.m., -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 17, Sunday, 6:38 a.m., -1.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harborslast_img read more