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Parallel vaccination of age cohorts could soon be in place as supplies grow – Taoiseach

An Taoiseach has said there may be a “parallel” vaccination system as supplies begin to increase, vaccinating two cohorts at the same time.

The HSE yesterday confirmed that it is currently reworking its Covid-19 vaccination plans following updated advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC).

The committee advised that both the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and the AstraZeneca jab should be used for those aged 50 and over.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that as volumes of vaccines come into Ireland, there may be “parallel” vaccination, meaning two age cohorts being vaccinated at the same time.

“Next week, there may be parallel vaccination as the volumes come in because we’re not going to have vaccines in the fridges,” Martin said.

“So, when you get to the very high volumes, and next week will be a high volume week for example, you could have parallel vaccinations, we could be moving more quickly,” he said.

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