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Pregnant women to be offered an mRNA Covid-19 vaccine as Cabinet accepts NIAC’s advice

Pregnant women are likely to be offered faster access to Covid-19 vaccines following NIAC advice which has been accepted by Cabinet today.

The advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee will see pregnant women offered an mRNA vaccine between 14 and 36 weeks gestation, and only after consulting with their doctor.

Government today approved NIAC’s recommendations about the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines.

The two vaccines have been recommended for people aged 50 and over.

The recommendation is also for the Johnson & Johnson jab to be given to people under 50 if there is no other option available and for hard-to-reach communities.

It is also recommended that the AstraZeneca vaccine can be used in people over 50. Until now, it was mostly restricted to people aged over 60.

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