Education Minister must deliver robust safety measures for schools, says Lyttle, as he confirms Alliance support for recall petition

The Education Minister must deliver robust safety measures for schools, Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said. Mr Lyttle said while his party supported an Assembly recall petition to bring the Minister to the chamber, many pupils had already returned without appropriate actions being taken or plans outlined by the Department of Education. The […]

2022 will bring best opportunity for people to vote to deliver real change, says Long

The new year will bring the best opportunity for people to vote to deliver real change in our community in May’s Assembly election, Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said. Speaking during her New Year’s message, the Justice Minister also said, at a time when our community faces huge challenges, whether due to COVID, climate […]

Needs of families should be at forefront of any Executive decisions around Omicron, says Hackett

The needs of families should be at the forefront of decisions from the Executive when it meets next week to discuss the potential for any further action in light of the Omicron variant, Alliance’s Claire Hackett has said. The Mid-Ulster representative, recently appointed as Alliance’s Families spokesperson, was speaking ahead of the next Executive meeting, […]

Bradshaw says preparation should already be underway for boosters for over-18s here

Alliance Party Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said preparation should already be underway by the Department of Health to offer the booster vaccine to over-18s here. The South Belfast MLA was speaking after it was announced the programme would be accelerated here, with walk-in jabs available for the over-30s over concerns due to the […]

NI must apply JCVI “booster” advice without delay – Bradshaw

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has said the Northern Ireland authorities must apply the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on “booster” third doses of the coronavirus vaccination without delay, as the guidance finally caught up with research which had been emerging internationally for some time. The South Belfast MLA stated: […]

Minister needs to move on latest information re “boosters” – Bradshaw

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has said the Health Minister needs to move on the latest information concerning third dose “booster” vaccinations, saying that operating off ten-week-old guidance is not sufficient. The South Belfast MLA stated: “We are told that we are following the latest scientific evidence, but the Minister has stated that he is […]

Bradshaw calls for flexibility on pre-Christmas boosters

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has called for flexibility on the six-month restriction on booster jabs, as people seek third doses prior to the Christmas season. The South Belfast MLA said the option should be made open to all adults as soon as possible. “There is increasing evidence from across Europe protection from full […]

Health Minister needs to urgently clarify whether carers will receive booster jab, says Armstrong

The Health Minister needs to urgently clarify whether carers will receive the COVID booster jab, Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said. The Strangford representative was speaking after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommended extending the vaccine booster to those aged over 40, with over-50s already being eligible. However, despite Robin Swann previously pledging […]

People need to start heeding advice to avoid repeat of Craigavon Hospital incident, say Alliance representatives

People must start heeding the advice on restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19, otherwise hospitals will continue to have to refuse patients, Alliance representatives have said. Party Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA and Upper Bann Councillor Eóin Tennyson were speaking after the Southern Health Trust diverted ambulances from Craigavon Area Hospital on Sunday, except […]

Health Minister should make Assembly statement on health worker vaccination requirement consultation, says Bradshaw

The Health Minister should make a statement to the Assembly on the consultation on a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for those entering the health and social care workforce, in order to be questioned on the matter, Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said. The South Belfast MLA was speaking after Robin Swann announced the launch […]