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Ireland To Start Using AstraZeneca Vaccine Again

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

5:57 PM - 19 Mar 2021



Ireland is to resume using the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee is recommending the suspension be lifted, and that it be used on everyone over 18.

The deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn says the HSE will now work to resume the programme.

It's after the European Medicines Agency yesterday found the jab is 'safe and effective', after investigating some very rare reports of blood clots in recently vaccinated people.

The NIAC is now strongly encouraging everyone to take up vaccination when it's offered to them - saying the 'best vaccine that anyone can receive is the one that they can receive soonest'.

It says patients and health workers "should be informed that very rare, complicated clotting events" in people who'd recently received the AstraZeneca jab.

However, they've reiterated that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks of side effects.

Ireland's temporary suspension was put in place last Sunday morning.

The HSE has said it's hoping to vaccinate anyone impacted by the pause next week.

Main image: Photo: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters/Pool/dpa


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