Covid19 vaccine – Ireland limits AstraZeneca shots to over 60’s

Covid19 vaccine - Ireland limits AstraZeneca shots to over 60's

Covid19 vaccine – Ireland limits AstraZeneca shots to over 60’s

Ireland’s vaccine task force recommended the AstraZeneca coronavirus jab be limited to those aged over 60, following European reviews of evidence linking the shot to rare blood clotting events.

Their decision follows those of several other European countries that have halted use of the jab among younger people following the European regulator’s ruling earlier this month that it could be linked to the rare clots.

Officials said those under 60 who have received a first dose of AstraZeneca and do not have a high-risk medical condition should wait 16 weeks rather than 12 weeks for a second dose to allow further assessment as more evidence becomes available.

On Monday, the Republic of Ireland recorded no Covid19 related deaths. The total number of deaths from the virus remaining at 4,785.

394 other people have tested positive with coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Republic to 241,330.

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