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GPs advised to not administer AstraZeneca vaccine to high-risk people until committee reports back

General practitioners across Ireland have been advised not to administer the AstraZeneca vaccine to very high-risk patients until the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) reports back on its review of the jab early next week.

In an email sent to GPs on Friday, the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) advised GPs to hold off on AstraZeneca vaccinations until NIAC releases its latest recommendation.

NIAC met last week to consider the findings of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on the AstraZeneca vaccine. They are due to meet again early next week, to review the findings further.

There are about 2,500 GPs in Ireland, and while not all are IMO members, they are sent the organisation’s guidance on the Covid-19 vaccination rollout.

NIAC has been consulting with EU counterparts on whether to change the Irish guidance on use of the vaccine in light of a new EU finding of a possible link to unusual blood clotting.

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