Johnson and Johnson vaccine

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    The Chief Medical Officer says he expects to give advice to government on the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine by the end of the week.

    Use of the jab has been limited to over 50s due to concerns over rare blood clots.

    The government is now reviewing proposals to change this, so the single shot vaccine could be used in younger people.

    Dr Tony Holohan says there will be a recommendation soon. 

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  • The European Medicines Agency says unusual blood clots should be listed as very rare side effects of the Johnson and Johnson Covid vaccine.

    The EMA says the overall benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks.

    In a statement, the regulator says it took into consideration all the data currently available, with eight reports of serious cases of unusual blood clots in the US, one of whom died.

    The cases reviewed were very similar to the cases that occurred with the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca.

    As of April 13th, over 7 million people had received the one shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the States.

     

  •  We'll find out this afternoon, the verdict from the European Medicines Agency, on the safety of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

    It follows reports of rare blood clotting events in the United States.

    The impact of the decision will be discussed at an Oireachtas health committee hearing later today which will also discuss the vaccine rollout plan.

    Around 600 thousand single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccines arrived into the country last week.

    But they aren't allowed to be used until the EMA makes a decision on its safety later today, following reports of rare blood clot events in the US.

    Environment Minister Eamon Ryan has stated that he thinks that the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will get the go ahead to be used here.

    The impact of the decision will be discussed at an Oireachtas Health Committee later today which will also discuss the vaccine rollout plan.

    The Committee will hear that 15 pharmacies will begin administering Covid-19 vaccines "towards the end" of this month as part of a trial ahead of a wider rollout of pharmacists involved in the vaccine programme.

    Seven more mass vaccination centres are set to open this week, bringing the total in operation to 26.

    The EMA will hold a briefing on the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in Brussels at 4pm Irish time.

  • The Health Minister has said there won't be a decision on the roll-out of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine until early next week.

    The National Immunisation Advisory Committee has been examining the use of the single shot vaccine at meetings today.

    It's also looking at the spacing out of the distance between the first and second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

    Health Minister Stephen Donnelly told the Dáil he's not expecting a decision today:

     

     

  • A significant under-delivery of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine has put the government's vaccination timeline in doubt.

    Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says in a best case scenario Ireland will only get half the promised amount of the single-jab vaccine in June.

    It's expected half of all adults will have been given at least one vaccination by the end of this week.

    But Minister Donnelly says the target of 82 per cent of adults getting a jab by the end of June is now in question...