LiveNew advice on AstraZeneca vaccine will see jab limited to over 60s in ROI - Date for when pubs can start serving outdoor pints again to be set within days

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) in the Republic of Ireland looks set to recommend the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is limited to people aged 60 and over.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 7:03 pm

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The AstraZeneca vaccine looks set to be limited to the over 60s only.

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Last updated: Monday, 12 April, 2021, 16:21

New advice on AstraZeneca vaccine will see jab limited to over 60s in ROI

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) in the Republic of Ireland looks set to recommend the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is limited to people aged 60 and over.

It comes less than a week after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said extremely rare blood clots should be listed as a side-effect of the vaccine.

The move will affect the Republic of Ireland’s vaccination roll out.

The Niac met today and is due to announce its conclusions later today, according to various reports.

Up until Saturday April 10, the Republic of Ireland had administered 1,058,394 vaccine jabs of which 745,363 were first dose jabs and 313,031 second dose jabs.

Up until earlier today, Northern Ireland had administered 1,025,912 vaccine jabs of which 826,412 were first dose jabs and 199,500 second dose jabs.

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The Northern Ireland Executive looks set to announce a date for when pubs can serve alcohol outside when it meets on Thursday.

Deputy First Minister, Michelle O’Neill, told BBC Radio Ulster programme Good Morning Ulster, that she did not want to preempt the decision of colleagues within Executive.

However, Ms. O’Neill suggested a date for the reopening of close contact services, which includes bars serving alcohol outside, could be announced within the next few days.

“We have, over the weekend obviously, reached the one million vaccine mark, which was obviously very encouraging and gives us great hope that we’re making our way out of this pandemic,” said the deputy First Minister.

“I think today is a good step forward in terms of our young people being back into our schools and a number of other areas obviously opening up.

“So I’m hopeful that by Thursday we’ll be able to announce dates for other things being able to open up because, for a combination of reasons, the factors look good where we have the headroom on which to be able to move.

“The vaccination programme being very strong, our ICU numbers coming down, the number of positive cases coming down – that all leads to a very encouraging situation, so I’d be hopeful that, with Executive colleagues’ agreement, we’ll be able to announce dates,” she added.

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