Nursing Home visits to be considered as ‘vaccine bonus’

The Department of Health have reported 47 additional deaths from Covid-19.


631 new cases of the virus were also detected.


There were 23 cases in Donegal, less than 5 cases were reported in Sligo and for the second day running there were no cases in Leitrim.

375,521 have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, while 150,247 have been given their second dose at this stage.


NPHET will meet later to discuss nursing home visits and if there can be a ‘vaccine bonus’ for residents in the coming weeks.


Any measures will likely form part of new recommendations to government ahead of the expected easing of restrictions in April.



Consultant in infectious diseases, Dr Eoghan De Barra, says having slightly different rules for those who’re vaccinated is a good idea: