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Tanaiste hopes NIAC advice will allow under-60s to receive J&J Covid-19 vaccine

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar has said he hopes the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine is recommended for use in the under-60s in Ireland because there are “enough vaccines for the over-60s”.

Yesterday, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said that the “overall benefits” of the J&J vaccine outweighs any potential risks, following reports of rare blood clotting events.

The EMA previously approved the J&J jab for use in the EU and Ireland’s National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) is now considering its advice in terms of how it will be used here.

Ireland is due to receive over 600,000 doses of the J&J vaccine before the end of June.

“I really hope that they will allow us to use it in people under 60 because we have enough vaccines for the over-60s,” Varadkar said.

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