Tánaiste Leo Varadar has said Government will consider using spare AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines in younger people over 18-years-old.
However, the Fine Gael leader cautioned that this will only happen if National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) advises so.
Varadkar said that Ireland will have more AstraZeneca vaccines than it needs and NIAC is considering whether the vaccines can be used in younger people.
“Giving people vaccines that we have, to give them some protection, might be better option than saying, you’ve no protection now, you’ll have to wait until later,” he said.
Varadkar went on to say that the planned reopening on July 5th will not be decided on until a few days before the date.
Indoor dining for both pubs and restaurants is due to reopen on July 5th.
The Tánaiste cautioned that the Delta variant is a dark cloud on the horizon and that clarity on the reopening plans cannot be made prematurely.