Senan Molony, political correspondent
The AstraZeneca and one-shot vaccines against Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 are to be offered to those under 40, following a recommendation by the National Immunization Advisory Committee (NIAC) the Irish Independent assumes.
This means that younger age groups can be vaccinated earlier and also protects against an oversupply of the two vaccines over the course of this summer.
In the meantime, the gap between the doses of the AstraZeneca Vaccine should be halved according to a recommendation by the NIAC.
The current gap is eight weeks and was previously reduced from 12 weeks. However, it is understood that NIAC will recommend cutting it in half again, to just four weeks.
Such a move would consider tens of thousands of people over the age of 60 to have a second vaccination sooner as the Spread more transmissible Delta variants.
Sources suggested that Ireland may need to use an emergency or special exemption mechanism to take this step, as the European Medicines Agency approval for the second AstraZeneca vaccination is currently 56 days or eight weeks Provides.
A senior source said, “It makes perfect sense if we are to get people over the age of 60 vaccinated. That’s what we’d want from NIAC. ”
It would take nearly three weeks to complete the vaccination program for the nearly 100,000 people in their sixties who still need a second dose when July 19th for food indoors.
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The Taoiseach has promised that all people aged 60 to 69 will be fully vaccinated by July 19 – and its mention of that date is considered significant ahead of today’s Cabinet Subcommittee meeting and tomorrow’s full Cabinet meeting.
The latest figures show that only 24 percent of 60-year-olds are fully vaccinated, and more than three quarters – 76 percent – would like to have their second job to protect themselves against the deadly Delta variant.
As the oldest members of the population who are not fully vaccinated, they are at greatest risk of hospitalization, intensive care intubation, and death.
A second government source said tonight, « Yes, NIAC recommends shorter gaps for AZ second stitches. That’s all I know. «
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